The Haygate Wellington 11th July 2015.
Today’s All Dayer at The Haygate in Wellington, comes courtesy of Andy Boden and Twisted Ninja Management and is held in full support of the notable cause that is fought daily, by the charity Soldiers Off The Street (S.O.T.S).
Compere for the day was Garry Foster, Radio Presenter from 101.8 WCR FM and 1pm saw Garry take to the stage to introduce F1-11, who had been tasked with getting today’s event underway. A heart felt dose of good ‘ole rock ‘n’ roll was the order of their set and I gotta hand it to these guys for clearly being 100% supportive of today’s cause.
Our second band in today’s line up were WERM and time for the music to start and metal up!
Next up and ready to prowl were the Telford metallers, Wolff and for those that missed their set today, fear not as the band have a new EP ‘Lycanthropic Tendencies’ out – so do check it out cause it’s a good ‘un!
Torous are one band that I will never tire of seeing and today’s set from them was yet again, a total smash!
With 4pm approaching, Guts For Glory had a fair sized audience to entertain and entertain The Haygate they did indeed.
Our penultimate band for this afternoons session were the West Midlands/ Shropshire based band Our World Below? and a great chance to see them before their UK tour kicks in this August, so do check out their Facebook page for more dates and details about that.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about Paraletica and I consider myself to have been pretty privileged to catch these guys live today as this set marked the last performance of the band ever, so good luck to the guys with all ventures new.
And here endeth the first part of my day with a wealth of great music still yet to come!
Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.
Release Date 27th June 2015. Ever since I first saw Torous live on stage, I’ve felt that there was something very special and unique waiting to emerge from this creative threesome and upon hearing their new EP ‘Dried Bones’, I’m delighted to say – here it is!
Marc Malone, Tom Fenn and GMT have succeeded in reaching that notable achievement of perfectly capturing the aura of Torous in one brilliant little EP and you simply can’t afford to take your ears or mind away from it for fear of missing one single creative moment.
Each song on the EP captures an abundance of collective originalities that are fearless within their own presentation and the first track on the EP ‘Occams Razor’ is a mesmerizing introduction to the four tracks that are about to follow.
The second and title track of the EP ‘Dried Bones’, delves deeply into a progressive folk rock vein which when created in partnership with the Torous’ emerging wizardry, shows the shape and individuality that this band posses – and are clearly not afraid of using!
These songs defy conventionality as all instruments and vocals seem to be in a deep and intense conversation with each other and none more so than in our next track ‘Hide In Sides’. Here, the powerful bass and drum rhythms can be found in contrast to the wistful and expressive vocals and guitar work of Marc Malone and for me, mark this track out as truly intelligent music!
The fourth track on the EP ‘Roll In The Tide’ delivers the bite of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, as its opening eerie calmness is savagely shattered by the brutal rhythms and melodies that Torous can claim title to and for me, this was the one track who’s intensity lingered long after it’s final note.
I have to say that the closing track of this EP ‘Don’t Slip’, heralds the most perfect of endings for ‘Dried Bones’. This track is completely owned by Marc Malone, GMT and Tom Fenn as it truly captures the full strength of this allied partnership and succinctly delivers the ultimate impact of Torous’s intense heaviness.
I cannot praise Torous enough for taking their music above and beyond the realms of conventionality and if ever a recording warranted the award of 11/10, this is it!
Review by Sue Wardle