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Albums Of The Week: Rot TV | Tales of Torment

The leather-and-denim-clad Australian hooligans channel everyone from The MC5 and The Stooges to The Kinks with their blasting riffs and full-tilt-boogie approach.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: Melbourne horror rock juggernaut Rot TV are lovers of all things freakish and gritty — be it a demented old H.P. Lovecraft tale, or a Blue Öyster Cult tune on full blast. Their debut single FDA/Transylvanian Nights was a hard ’n’ heavy double feature of howling, riff-crazy horror rock, and their debut LP Tales of Torment delivers all this and more. Rot TV have described their forthcoming album as a delightful journey to hell and back dedicated to ALL maniacs – and that means YOU.

While the album may be their first as a collective, as an itemized bill of experienced and musically well-heeled parts, south-eastern Australia’s creeping clan of black denim/leather clad miscreants are a veritable who’s who of noise-loving night howlers. Featuring the likes of Lecherous Gaze/Witch’s Graham Clise on guitar and Southern Comfort/Miss Destiny’s Harriet Hudson-Clise on vocals, the band have been blazing an unshakeable trail south of the equator since the 2019 release of F.D.A./Transylvanian Nights.

But to suggest that Tales Of Torment offers more of the same and very little else would be a lie. From the riff-ready, New York Dolls strut of Ready to Die to the closing amphetamine anarchy (a la The Pink Fairies) of Meataxe, listeners are locked into a rollercoaster of rock history. Dead Moon, The MC5, The Stooges, The Damned, all the way down to the Ray Davies Rats-esque rock of Oblivion and full-throttle Kinks worship on their cover of I’m Not Like Everybody Else, Rot TV have two speeds; fast and full-tilt boogie. Either way, you’re coming along for the ride.”