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Torch - 1984 Electrikiss

ALBUM: Electrikiss
LABEL: Sword
YEAR: 1984


LINEUP: Dan Dark - vocals * Chris J First - guitar * Claude Wild - guitar * Ian Greg - bass * Steve Streaker - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Thunderstruck * 02 Electrikiss * 03 Hot On Your Heels * 04 Runnin' Riot * 05 Vicious Love * 06 Bad Girls * 07 Cut-Throat Tactics * 08 When The Going Gets Tough... * 09 Limelight

Let me start by saying that the cover of this album has to be one of the worst of all time, it speaks for itself with its ludicrousness. But all in a good way of course.. regardless, Torch were a Swedish heavy metal outfit who made a name for themselves in the early 80's, before burning out almost as quickly as they arrived. The band formed in 1980, influenced by all the usual metal greats and the NWOBHM movement naturally. The band released an E.P. in 1982, before their self-titled debut appeared a year later. It was derivative of Judas Priest mostly, something 'Electrikiss' would take to new heights. The band themselves claim the pressure of delivering their follow up was too much and the end result didn't live up to expectations. I beg to differ in some ways, the album a ferocious piece of melodic metal, which is so Priest inspired it's almost absurd.

The Songs
'Thunderstruck' moves at speed, with some exciting riffs and a huge chorus. I'll go as far to say that Dan Dark does the best Rob Halford impersonation I've ever heard. It's almost comical and makes this album a real gem. 'Hot On Your Heels' sees the guitarists doing their best K.K. Downing-Glenn Tipton inspired work, very enthusiastic and melodic in delivery. The band nears AOR territory with 'Runnin' Riot' which could have been an outtake from 'Point Of Entry.' The chorus here excels, rivaling Priest themselves believe it or not. 'Cut-Throat-Tactics' excites with more impressive riffs, while 'Bad Girls' makes a mockery of many a U.S. metal act of the era with its precise three minute attack of cornball lyrics, melodies and guitar solos. Some of the tracks plod a tad, but the energy is always there, with 'When The Going Gets Tough' the best of the rest, the guitar work exemplary.

In Summary
It didn't pan out for Torch, with the album failing to sell the expected amounts for an up and coming band. Their reputation as the 'Swedish Motley Crue' took its toll on them also, the excesses overtaking their music. Eventually vocalist Dark quit and the band decided they couldn't replace him, choosing to fold instead. The band reformed in 2013 and have been performing ever since, still a draw in Europe apparently. A true product of its time, 'Electrikiss' is one of the better Euro metal albums of 1984 and really should have led to greater things for Torch.

Torch - 1984 Electrikiss

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#1 | gdazegod on February 28 2018 08:26:33
I think you'll find the cover on their preceding 1983 debut to be worse than this.

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