‘In case you missed it’ is our regular feature which highlights outstanding albums, from the last 5 years, which may have passed you by.
Who: Tortured Demon
Album: In Desperation’s Grip
Released: Independently on February 5th, 2021
Why? For a band so young (teenagers, the lot of ‘em) Tortured Demon riffed up one hell of a thrash-core storm on their debut album, In Desperation’s Grip.
Not without its problems (an abundance of ideas not always fully realised, clean vocals that will need finessing), it’s testament to Tortured Demon’s blatant potential that the album has grown in stature since its release back in February 2021.
Fans of Ascendancy-era Trivium will appreciate Tortured Demon’s tenacity and there’s no doubt that these lads were raised on a nutritious diet of Machine Head, Sepultura and Matt Heafy’s aforementioned band (that’s good parenting right there).
While Tortured Demon failed to make the cut of our countdown of the 5 Greatest UK Thrash Releases Of 2021, it’s worth noting that in response to the article, cries of “where’s Tortured Demon filled the air?”, which is testament to the good grace already afforded to this young act.
Whether they can fully harness their undoubted potential on later releases remains to be seen. But, for now, we’ll doff our cap to a trio of young metallers who gave us more than enough enjoyable head-banging moments on their damn fine debut to warrant this retrospective review.