Torpedo – Mechanic Tyrants

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Torpedo - Mechanic TyrantsApril 2020
February 21st, 2020 / Gates Of Hell Records
Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine

In 2018, the German band Torpedo formed out of the ashes of an old-school metal covers band. Using the name Torpedo from a group Alex Starbreaker had established years prior, the collective here decided to throw it all in and release a demo of all original tracks. The result of the 2019 release was just what any new band would want. There was an immediate sell-out of copies. Gates Of Hell Records heard those cries and decided to reissue that demo on a global scale for the rest of us to enjoy.

Torpedo decided to take the DIY approach to the recording of that demo. The band hunkered down without a producer or the help of an engineer. They wrote, recorded, mixed, and mastered the demo in their basement. A sounding result I noticed right away. When a band overproduces an ‘old-school’ offering, while good, tends to sound too new. Not here. With the first listen, it took me back to the days hanging in a band’s garage or practice space with a cassette recorder trying to get the best sounding tracks for the tape trading craze many of us were a part pf back then.

Better than most of those old recordings, MECHANIC TYRANTS have that live basement sound to it, but correctly. What Torpedo pulled off is the way actual old-school DIY projects should sound. And Torpedo’s style is that of the origins of speed metal. Take Raven or Tank into consideration when listening to these guys. Or maybe a cleaner sounding version of early Motorhead. Either way, you want to take it in, there is still plenty of originality in Torpedo’s music. And a fingers-crossed hope that this is one of those bands that can keep the ball rolling after such a cool recording like MECHANIC TYRANTS.

1. Maniac
2. Mechanic Tyrants
3. Victim of Desire
4. Sons of Evil
5. Wrath of God
6. Idiocracy

Danny Keck – Bass, Vocals (backing)
Phil Srešý – Drums
Alex Starbreaker – Guitars
Flo Fait – Vocals, Guitars


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