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Binge and Purge
Released: 2002, Nightmare Records
I must say that I did pretty good this month in terms of the CDs that I had to review. I had a number of excellent CDs some of which included some good old-fashioned hard rock. Earlier I had reviewed a great new Japanese band called King of Darkness and now I have this CD in front of me from the Minneapolis band Torok. They play what they describe as a “blend of 70s Aerosmith raw groove with Black Label Society’s raunchy guitars while maintaining a heavy, melodic vibe throughout”. The band was formed in the late 90s and after a few member changes settled on the lineup of Michael Torok (ex Impaler): guitar, Aaron Davis: bass, Eric Althaus: drums and Bryan Erickson: vocals. Since the recording of the CD the band has changed bass players with Ken Olson replacing the departed Aaron Davis.
As with King of Darkness I was originally put off by the title of the CD. Why name the CD after a live collection by one of Metal’s biggest sell out bands? Its is quite beyond me. But again, as with King of Darkness, the music inside is what did the talking and talk it did. I have to say that Torok remind me of another up and coming hard rock outfit by the name of Cut Throat. Both bands play a real gritty kind of music that owes its allegiance to many of the greats of the 70s and early 80s. BINGE AND PURGE contains 11 songs that run the gamut from groovy up tempo rockers like “Shame” and “Binge and Purge” to the funk influenced “How Much More” right on down to more sludgy numbers like “Wings of a Butterfly” and “Useless War”. Throughout the CD the guitar of Michael Torok provides a crunching backdrop to the aggressive vocals of Erickson.
Torok has plans to tour nationally and that should be something to look forward to these guys seem like they would give an awesome live show. Hopefully their label Nightmare Records can give them a boost in the direction. Its great to see that hard rock and metal is on the rise again. This is the third release from Torok and the first with a full band. With some time together touring I expect their next CD to be much better. With the right promotion these guys could make a pretty good name for themselves.
AMIDST the LIES
BINGE & PURGE
HOW MUCH MORE
CRY FOR DAWN
WINGS of a BUTTERFLY
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