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Torchia: oNe
Melodic Death Metal
Self-release
October 9th, 2013
Release length: 13:09
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Back in 2011, the five-piece Melodic Death Metal group Torchia was forged in Tampere, Finland. For locals in that area, the line-up is a familiar one, featuring the likes of Pirkka Birkstedt and vocalist Kvist, both of Killjoy Corporation fame, as well as drummer Joonas Juntunen from Krypton. After two years of writing and honing their style, the group ventured into the studio to record their first demo, oNe, which was made available in late 2013. But is this a demo to take note of, or is this nothing more than generic hook-driven fodder?

According to the accompanying press release, Torchia claim their musical style is “influenced from traditional old-school agony to Thrash and Speed Metal.” While it does live up to that stance in some ways, much of the recording shows traits of the Melodic Death Metal leaders of today. “Nameless Story” starts off with some traditional Gothenburg style riffs that are reminiscent of early Dark Tranquillity. The riffs are a bit thin at first, but when the pace picks up, so does the richness. These sections are pretty infectious, especially in the chorus, well executed guitar solo, and the highly melodic build prior to it around the two minute mark. This isn’t the most impressive song off the release, but they do make up for it on the last two.

“Your Blood in My Veins” shows some of that Thrash influence thanks to the bass heavy start similar to the song “Annihilator” by the band of the same. While these slower passages have a truly catchy groove to them, things do change towards more of an Arch Enemy influence when the speed picks up just past the one minute mark. The aggression on display here carries over to “Too Far, Too Late,” showing off more of that Gothenberg influence with a guitar solo that is a bit too technical and fast paced to fit with the track at first, slowly downgrading to something best suited to a Trivium album. There’s also some odd vocal distortions about three minutes in, as if a distant alien voice talking. If not, then it’s a truly odd effect from the aforementioned twang of the bass guitar.

While not entirely sleek and stylish, the band obviously put some funding into the album, having a nice production quality that does push the deeper distortions and a nice thud to the bass kicks. It’s a nice benefit to the group’s attempt to mix up the traditional big-name Melodic Death and Gothenburg sound with some Thrash Metal attitude. Torchia hasn’t been too well received by the press, and while you’re not really going to get something new with this demo recording, it really isn’t that bad for a new Melodic Death Metal group. If you enjoy the genre and wish the early days of the style had a little more edge or intensity behind it, then chances are you’ll enjoy this band’s first outing. Just make sure if they send it to you to ask for a little extra padding in the envelope, as the first review copy arrived cracked almost in half.

01. Nameless Story – 4:25
02. Your Blood in My Veins – 5:07
03. Too Far, Too Late – 3:37
Initial Pressing Score: 7.5/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Torchia.