We have featured Torpor, (pronounced tor·por /ˈtɔːpə/ as they have pointed out to us several times on air!), on several Friday Frenzy shows. They are a relatively new sludge/noise/post metal band hailing from London & Brighton UK.
Sure enough, ‘Bled Dry EP’ has the energy of a new band entwined within the music. The general sound of the release isn’t particularly mad-experimental as they assure us the next release will be;
”The EP was recorded live at our rehearsal studio in a couple of hours by Paul Andrew We wanted it to sound as raw, live and heavy as possible. We’re hoping to release another EP in the spring/summer, and it will be a lot darker and more experimental than Bled Dry. That was our pop record in comparison!”
This band are playing a niche sound which is not being explored by the countless London sludge bands around. Two of the members of Torpor are female, which unfortunately is still unusual within metal as a whole, some groups even get lumped into the genre of ‘female fronted metal’ just because of the gender of its members, but don’t expect sympathetic operatic Nightwishy melodies from vocalist Nats Spada, the screams (especially on track ‘Blackened lungs’), are unearthy and unholy and put many male vocalists to shame.
This album is full of melody, be it downtuned, sludgy and covered in mud. Title track ‘Bled Dry’ is a slow, sludgy tune with almost a Deftones vibe about it, but with more dissonance. The vocals in this song are closer to Carcass than Chino Moreno, and they give it an almost tribal feel. Track two ‘Ashes’ drudges along until a single syllable chant takes the main focus of the music. I imagine that this live is killer.
I’m not sure if ‘Blackened Lungs’ is an anti-smoking song, but it certainly made me feel very dark while smoking a cigarette listening to it! The slow, punishing outro is enough to make anyone think twice about lighting up!!
‘Anchors’ the final track, has a stronger Deftones vibe than before, (I think it might be the drumming), with tinges of a hardcore influence, it chugs along at a perfect speed, and the master fade towards the end of the track and EP leaves us wanting more.