Tornado – Commitment to Excellence

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Reviewed: August 2018
Released: August 31st, 2018 / Extreme Metal Music
Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine


American / Finnish sensations Tornado are set to unleash what has already started stir the pot up a bit. Their third release COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE, is a full on in your face metal album that has the touches of many a band from days gone by.
Their eclectic blend of speed, garage thrash and early punk influences meld together quite nicely to create a brand of music that does not stand out on its own, but stands out all the same. They have a bit of a sleazy rock in the vein of (Sister) added in as well. So what you have is an album full of very memorable and catchy metal songs that all harken back to something that we are all familiar with. I don’t think there is a track on this album where you are going to find yourself saying that it sounds like someone else.

Upon my first listen or two of this I was a little torn. The music I really enjoyed, but it was the lyrical content I was unsure about. I immediately started looking for any lyrics online and could not find any. Being new to the band as a listener, I have/had no clue about the band. So I continued to listen a couple more times and was almost at the decision to not review this until I dug a little deeper and read some interviews which did shed a little light on the lyrics because at first listen, one could interpret their message the wrong way.

One can pick out the numerous throwbacks and influences within this album. I have not had the pleasure to listen to their first two releases but will be looking into that. This album is full of speedy catchy thrash hooks. You will hear some originality here and there and you will also hear a bit of, oh let’s say “borrowed” stuff too.

All in all though this is a very strong release and will sure to help forge the upward path the band has been on for the past few years. Overall this will please fans of Anthrax, S.O.D., Excell, Suicidal Tendencies, D.R.I. (the thrash years) and the likes.

Lead singer and lyricist Superstar Joey Severance had this to say on the subject, “Anyone who follows this band already knows that we don’t support ANY kind of hate. The lyrics reflect the world we live in. I make a conscious effort to write my lyrics as clear and to the point as possible so I don’t have to explain them. I won’t now! You are smart, figure it out!”


1. A Minute of Nothing
2. White Horse of the Apocalypse
3. Global Pandemic
4. Spirit and Opportunity
5. The Flight of Yuri Gagarin
6. Endless Forms of Torment
7. Through Difficulties to Victory
8. Supremacy
9. Chaos Among the Ruins
10. United Forces (S.O.D. Cover)
11. At the Chapel of Rest

Superstar Joey Severance – Vocals
Tommy Shred – Guitar
Henri Steel – Bass
Jimmy Grey – Drums