Torous // Fiddler's Elbow - London (UK)
Words by Anastasia Psarra // Photos by Mark Sutton
Wrapping up a busy year which saw them completing five tours across the UK, Birmingham-based Celtic hard rockers Torous returned to London on a school night bringing their shredding sound to Fiddler’s Elbow. Within minutes of taking the stage, Torous proved why they deserve the rock and metal scene’s attention. Playing on a stripped-back stage, these guys were firing on all cylinders from the very first riff right up to the last minute.
The performance was loud and electric, and it didn’t suffer a jot for it. Frontman and guitarist Marc Malone laid out some meaty guitar work with assurance and power, linking perfectly in rhythm with Tom Fenn’s (call him the human metronome) relentless drumming and GMT’s earth shattering bass lines. Opening their set with simple yet effective and catchy “Tolerate X”, the band quickly built a huge wall of noise as they delved flawlessly into newer material “Colours” and “God Game Suicide”. Their chemistry goes beyond the music and these guys seemed to have fun playing together as they were locked in each other’s presence.
Even if you’re not a red-hot fan of their sound, one thing that this band can really be credited for is the fact that they pour all their energy into every single moment of their live shows, and by the time the curtain fell a few new Torous fans were made.
A talented and powerful trio at the beginning of developing their own musical identity and onstage vibe. Keep an eye on them!