TORSO - A Crash Course In Terror
"This delightful escapade provides the perfect combo of campy horror and heavy metal. Every great album leaves fans hungry for more, but this one doubly so." – 9/10 - Metal Temple
“70s grindhouse cinema and music powered by the influences of John Carpenter, Goblin, Kiss and Alice Cooper but given a relapse records makeover.” – Outlaws Of The Sun
"I can’t suggest this album enough for fans of metal in the pioneering style of Iron Maiden, as well as thrash, doom, and stoner rock. It’s got it all. Mix in a true love of gauzy, dreamy horror cinema and you get the idea!" – 9/10 - Nightmarish Noise
From the label who brought you the horror-fueled metal of Video Nasties and Possessor, APF Records is delighted to introduce you to TORSO.
FFO: Ministry, Nirvana, Melvins, Torche, Zombi, John Carpenter, Big Black, Kvelertak, Mastodon, Zozobra, Godflesh.
TORSO's debut album released on 27th January 2023. Debut single Precious Blood arrived on Halloween 2022, with Kerrang! premiering the video by Jack Burley.
Like the Terminator rising from the flames comes a new meaner, leaner beast from the brainchild of UK horror metal legends POSSESSOR! Less than a year since that band’s demise, frontman and axe wielder Graham Bywater returns like a spectral bad penny with TORSO; the aural equivalent of a dayglo Dario Argento movie shot during an apocalypse in the early 90s.
Teaming up with producer Wayne Adams (Petbrick / Wasted Death) amidst a summer of broken bones and Covid, Graham hit Bear Bites Horse Studio to create the otherworldly, deranged debut TORSO album, A Crash Course In Terror, in less than 16 hours.
Drawing influence from the weirdest of drive-in films, A Crash Course In Terror is a cinematic, moody and at times proggy trip owing just as much to the grunt and grime of sludge and grunge rock as it does the glamorous mayhem of KISS.
The album charts unhinged, lo-fi territories and soundscapes, with brooding industrial rhythms, throbbing Big Muff tones, sporadic samples and keyboard bursts, heralding a new world of riff-wielding, face-ripping, celluloid-burning Grindhouse rock.
A Crash Course In Terror is available on vinyl LP, cassette tape, compact disc, t-shirt bundle and digital download. You can order it here on the APF Records website and Bandcamp.
A Crash Course In Terror:
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Wayne Adams at Bear Bites Horse Studios, August 2022.
All instrumentation and lyrics by Graham Bywater except keyboard on 2, 4 and 7 by Wayne Adams.
TORSO logo by Johny Bekavac. Cover photography by G Vargas. Layout by Dominic Sohor.
1. HEADS START TO ROLL
3. SINKING SPELL
4. DEPTH CHARGE
5. PRECIOUS BLOOD
6. DEATH TV
7. CIRCUIT BREAKER BREAKER
Limited Edition Translucent Ultra-violet Vinyl LP & T-Shirt Bundle
Strictly limited edition of 200 x 12" violet coloured vinyl. Housed in 3mm spine sleeve with printed inner, cello-wrapped. Plus TORSO t-shirt with band logo on front and text on rear. Printed on Gildan Heavy cotton. PLEASE NOTE: Vinyl bundle ships from 3rd March 2023.
Limited Edition Translucent Ultra-violet Vinyl LP
Strictly limited edition of 200. A Crash Course In Terror on 12" violet coloured vinyl. Housed in 3mm spine sleeve with printed inner, cello-wrapped. Please note: vinyl ships from 3rd March 2023.
CD & T-Shirt Bundle
A Crash Course In Terror on compact disc housed in a 6-panel digipak case. Plus TORSO t-shirt with band logo on front and text on rear. Printed on Gildan Heavy cotton.
A Crash Course In Terror on compact disc housed in a 6-panel digipak case.
Transparent Turquoise Cassette Tape
A Crash Course In Terror on transparent cassette tape with on body printing housed in 2-sided j-card, in clear plastic case.
A Crash Course In Terror T-Shirt
TORSO t-shirt with band logo on front and text on rear. Printed on Gildan Heavy cotton.