Reviewed by Alex Figgis
For maximum groove orientated hard alternative rock, then look no further than Torn. Produced by Lloyd Hanson, 'Tree' is a powerful work of faithfully honest art which, in the words of Carter (vocalist/lyricist), "[are] a collection of some of the songs I wrote during the lowest time in my life... Hope you can relate," and any listener honest enough to realise the slate of (heir own depraved hearts will do so. The dark, intense and brooding emotions of Carter have been adequately realised and translated by Chad Linton (drums), Rob Parish (bass) and guitarists Mike Davidson and Mark Lebreton, resulting in an intriguing musical paradox. Whilst by no means easy to listen to, for (hose who persevere there is a crimson thread of encouragement running throughout 'Tree'; the realisation that, like Carter himself, though we may turn our back and walk away from God, he will pursue us; (here is forgiveness and restoration awaiting all those who surrender to Christ. Carter's unique vocal delivery emerges like an intense fog over the vast planes of sonic intensity, comprised of blisteringly arranged scores of tightly-played rhythms underpinned by heavy low-ended bass tones, making 'Tree' a unique listening experience. Far from being predictable, Torn have come up with some wonderful twists and turns, such as the effectively delivered "Life", sung in the style of a Gregorian chant; and the haunting piano-driven acoustic ballad "Maybe In Time".
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