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Black Tora - 2014 Black Tora

ARTIST: Black Tora
ALBUM: Black Tora
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2014


LINEUP: Chris Daniel - vocals, bass * Razor Dave - guitar, vocals * Nicky X - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Attack * 02 Hearts On Fire * 03 Feed My Ego * 04 Freedom Rider * 05 Fuel My Hunger * 06 Break Down The Wall * 07 Born To Play Loud * 08 The Rocker



This Texan power trio have been around for a handful of years now. First coming to our attention with the 2009 CD 'Rise Of The Tora', they were originally signed by KEEL Management when they were known as Warryor. Paul Shortino took some interest in the band, signing them to his Music Works label, and producing that first CD. The band have moved on since then, releasing an EP in 2012 called 'Raise Your Fists', and now t hey are back with their latest 2014 effort. the self titled 'Black Tora'. Really, these boys should be on a huge label and playing the biggest metal festivals on the planet. They are pretty good from where I'm sitting. They are so loud, that even the Mexicans south of the border of their hometown McAllen TX, should be able to hear them as far away as Monterrey!

The Songs
'Black Tora' is an eight-track offering, and is steeped in 80's metal. Attitude wise I hear a bit of Steel Panther but without the dopey lyrics and imagery, while Razor Dave is a shred king that would've been huge back in the day of Eddie Van Halen, Paul Gilbert and Akira Takasaki. Check out opening cut 'Attack' for evidence of this band's power. For three guys, this is pretty rowdy. There's a video below for evidence. 'Hearts On Fire' is massive wall-to-wall 80's hair-metal, I can't describe it any better than that. 'Feed My Ego' jumps about in a fun-time bluesy romp, like Bullet Boys meets Mr Big. 'Freedom Rider' is all about big motorcycles and even wider highways, the imagery suits the music perfectly. 'Fuel My Hunger' is a rabid metal anthem, double kick drums, blazing riffs.. you get the picture. 'Break Down The Wall' is as 80's as it gets, growling guitars, big chanty chorus vocals, and some nice melodic twists. 'Born To Play Loud' is probably Black Tora's commercial moment (if you can call it that), chugging rhythm guitars featuring in competition with huge shout-out gang chants. The album finishes up with 'The Rocker', a six-string anthem.. loud and proud!

In Summary
I'm having a load of fun with 'Black Tora'. Released back in late May 2014, anyone that loves old school 80's metal done real well should check this band out. Added to this, if you like your metal played with tasty guitar riffs and licks and with a modicum of melody, then you really don't have an excuse. Go to it.

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#1 | gdazegod on August 16 2014 08:26:15
Black Tora - 2014 Attack
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#2 | gdazegod on August 16 2014 08:28:58
Black Tora - 2014 Born To Play Loud
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