Written by: PP on 19/08/2009 19:58:48

Germany's Torment have apparently been around for a while without me or the rest of the world realizing it, in fact they've been a band longer than I've been alive, since 2009 marks their 25th anniversary as a band. "Tormentizer" is their first new album since 2004 - their seventh overall (wow they've been lazy in 25 years) - and it kind of makes me wish I'd known about them sooner.

Torment play attitude-filled old school dirty rock 'n' roll with a slight thrash metal base to the instruments, hence the label 'thrash 'n' roll. You could also describe them as a high-octane rock n roll act with the occasional thrash riffs (that recalls Entombed but less viking) and soloing. It's nothing new, as bands like Mötley Crüe and Motörhead have been doing this style for even longer, but this hasn't stopped some people going as far as calling these guys as Germany's best bid for Motörhead. That's a slight exaggeration, but good they are nevertheless.

The band is lead by the raw, macho-like voice of singer Jörn Rüter, whose lyrics about beer, the rock'n'roll lifestyle and other usual topics for the genre are quite funny in places. Throw in an extensive amount of groove at just the right times (see "Let's Get Extrem", "Politics And Religion", and "I Hate The System"), and you've got a band that'll put you in a beer-drinking mood anytime. Now I don't know much about the band's past, but I wouldn't be surprised if they'd be playing the same "Ace Of Spades" inspired songs for the 7th album in a row now. But hey, that's what Motörhead does too, so no problem there. Decent stuff.


Download: Temptress Crystal Meth, Politics & Religion, Let's Get Extrem
For the fans of: Motörhead, Mötley Crüe
Listen: Myspace

Release date 20.07.2009
Remedy Records / Soulfood / AFM Records

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