I was lucky to catch these lunatics at Bloodstock Open Air Festival in 2017 as Torqued tested the resilience of the New Blood Stage with their seismic onslaught.
So fast forward a year and they have just unleashed an over the top six track EP titled Resurgence, available on digital and physical CD formats. Doubts whether they have changed their style are quelled by the mighty opener ‘Forgotten Soul’. A calm before the storm intro saw my headphones suddenly fill with a suffocating early Godflesh like grind that batters with clinical effect. ‘Follow Me’ should be titled track no.666 not no.2 as it’s feet are firmly planted in death metal soil as this devilishly tune rages.
‘Overload, I Die Inside’ deceives as its intense intro gives way to a doom laden pound that veers off once again into a virtuoso guitar solo but those crushing grooves can only be held back for so long with a lung stripping vocal and its seven minute marathon ends melodically. The juddering, hypnotic riffing from Rimmy Sinclair makes ‘Hollow Core’ the heaviest track here and a gripping midsection of guitar ambience and synths are obliterated by a bombastic outro.
Those who have not heard Torqued play live are gifted with two bonus tracks of ‘Overload, I Die Inside’ and ‘Hollow Core’ as they sound even more manic but still tight.
Resurgence EP track listing :-
Overload, I Die Inside.
Overload, I Die Inside (live).
Hollow Core (live).