Reviewed: June, 2020
Released: Year, torrefy.bandcamp.com/
Reviewer: Ambra Chilenwa
Life Is Bad is the third full length album released by Canadian thrash metal group Torrefy, which could possible be any thrasher’s new collection piece. The production consists of fiery rhythms and elevating pieces. This will be there first full length after four years with Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) mastering the album.
The band has also released the following statement regarding the new release and the progress made since their last release:
“Life is Bad is not a departure for Torrefy. Rather, it is a continuation of the journey to becoming the band that Torrefy was meant to be. Torrefy’s previous work lay more in the realm of Thrash metal, albeit not traditional Thrash due to our leanings towards a more progressive sound and a blending of influences ranging from Thrash metal to Death metal, Black metal, Classic rock, and Punk to name a few. Our new record is another step towards creating a sound that we refer to as ‘Black Speed Death Thrash’. We feel that this album will showcase the band’s improvement in songwriting, vocal delivery, instrumentation, and production.
Life is Bad is not a concept album like our previous album The Infinity Complex. Instead, as the album title indicates, it is thematically geared towards the fact that life is pretty brutal. The songs are emotionally charged and full of diverse themes including an awareness of one’s inescapable mortality, humanity’s unending greed and the desire for conquest and their refusal to learn from their past, to being overrun by a swarm of other worldly, bloodthirsty insects, and being caught in a machine that is perpetually killing you and keeping you alive at the same time.
We think that this album is the best and most true representation of the Torrefy sound. We hope that you dig it!”
Torrefy have also given a taste of the album by releasing a single for the final track on the release, “Plague Of Empires”, demonstrating its precision in aggression and fast tempos. Containing dynamic structures, complex rhythms, heavy distortions and relentless lyrics. The tracks are intensely filled with animosity and varied characteristics. Overall, Life is Bad is a sustainable and satisfying production. Any thrasher could easily delivered the admiration and appreciation for their role in the thrash metal music industry they have played since 2011. The advanced guitar techniques on this work could take you back to the guitar riffs accomplished by Skeletonwitch, Vektor and Absu. These bands incorporate other subgenres of metal – Torrefy have plenty more fusion style to present to the thrash metal scene.
Their view of traditional thrash metal music is predominantly overtaken by a more complex and aggressive characteristics. This release is a remarkable step forward from their previous release as it introduces an openness for multiple themes.