Kerrang! Rock It Review


Kerrang! Magazine April 29 1989

Written By Derek Oliver

“Like all my favourite bands Torino are the sort of geezers who get on with the job in hand, hardly batting an eyelid to moan about their own particular indie status.

This is what I like about ’em, great blokes with a neat sense of humour and the craving to make music that they love.

We last heard from Torino just over 18 months ago when they released their debut album “Customized,” to much Oliverian acclaim.

I thought their particular brand of Americanised melodic rock to be pretty damn net even if it was recorded on a shoestring budget and the vocals, at times, were a tad off key.

Mind you, that’s probably because they had a great ear for a catchy toon and the hooks were second to none.

Then, after a smattering of gigs, they suddenly disappeared- crawling back to their home town of Liverpool.

There, without too much fuss, they suddenly parted company with long-standing bass player Paul Diamond, a refugee from Rox and an essential character the group could ill afford to lose.

That they have replaced him (with Stephen James), and added a second guitar player (Simon Peters) and crafted an excellent second album is some coup indeed.

Torino rock it review

Okay, so Torino may not yet be the British equivalent of Dokken or Bon Jovi, but they are doing the job to their best ability without the backing of a huge financial conglomerate to fall back on.

I always approach their music with that in mind and, consequently, get the most out of it. Might I suggest you try the same approach? So, what about the music? What’s happenin’ there?

Well, there’s nothing too shocking too report, just more of the same but performed better and more more immediate than most of the material on their debut.

Check out “Seven Mountains” (my, that’s a weighty title) for atmosphere, “Show Down” for it’s quiet start (acoustic guitar) and steady build, and “One In A Million” if only for it’s er, somewhat Bon Jovi soundalike structure.

There is more magic on the entirely acoustic track “It Takes A Man,” than there is on a whole episode of “The Paul Daniels Magic Show.”

Sure, the recording quality is rather inferior to that of a major label release, but there is an honesty about Torino that makes you forget silly things like that, leaving the music do the talking alone.

Torino may never take the world by storm, but they do have the best haircuts in the world and that, my friends, is the acid test of any melodic rock band.

A good album from a band who refuse to whinge. What greater recommendation can there be?”