When I think of Italy a few things come to mind. The countries beautiful architecture, magnificent artwork, incredibly delicious foods I simply can’t get enough of, the language class I slept through (but passed!) in high school and my personal favorite, one of the best underground thrash metal scenes in the world today.
The Italian thrash metal scene has been pretty well documented on this blog with bands like MadMaze, Game Over, Injury, Ultra-Violence, Violentor, and Burning Nitrum to name a few. There’s so many talented bands coming out of Italy these days it’s kind of hard to keep track of them all. However every now and again I stumble upon a band that’s so damn good I slap myself in the face for not having discovered them sooner and then crank the volume on my speakers to damaging levels both day and night for weeks on end. It’s not often but every now and again I discover a band like Torment.
Formed in 2002 as a cover band these thrashers from Milano got off to a bit of a slow start. Plagued with line-up changes throughout the years it wasn’t until 2008 that Torment were able to release their debut album, Suffocated Dreams. Following the albums release the band once again experienced another line-up change but managed to push on releasing their Scars Remain EP in 2010. Despite what seems like constant turbulence and a rotating cast of characters Torment has managed to play shows along side bands like Tankard, Onslaught, Exumer, Violator, and Master and have become known as one of the best bands in the Italian underground scene today.
The bands hard work and determination hasn’t gone unnoticed, in fact quite the opposite. Last year Torment inked a deal with EBM Records to release their second full length album, The Damage Is Done.
The Damage Is Done certainly doesn’t reinvent the thrash metal genre but it’s a deadly reminder as to why we all fell in love with the genre in the first place. Featuring eight tracks of harsh unrelenting thrash the damage is in fact done…to my neck! Inspired by bands like Destruction and Possessed, Torment hit you with riff after delicious old-school riff that will have you banging your head and circle pitting around your coffee table before you know it only stopping to hit the “repeat” button. If riffs aren’t your thing (what?!) you’ll be happy to hear that drummer Cristian Detto batters you senseless with his double kick drum assault and founding member Fabrizio belts out tormented screams from hell that will cause your blood to boil in absolute delight. Perhaps the best part about The Damage Is Done is the fact that it never gets old, Torment have created an album that will truly withstand the test of time. Simply put – if Torment aren’t on your radar, your radar is broken.