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Torok

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Illigitamate Offspring Of KISS Meet Godsmack

Torok has released their debut CD Binge & Purge, which features eleven metallic hard rock numbers with in-your-face vocals. The band includes Michael Torok, the original lead guitarist of Combat recording artist Impaler, Eric Althaus, drummer with JVC Victor recording artist Equinox, Aaron Davis, bassist and Bryan Erikson on vocals. Their guitar-driven, hard-driving rock features jagged shards of metal, hard-edged riffs and '70s-'80s era arrangements in the guitar-bass-drums format. Michael Torok rips out some lightning fast runs and creative solos - but precision freaks may bristle, as his leads are raw and unedited. He's got the meat-and-potatoes guitar techniques mastered however, and for pure energy, his playing can drive the children from the room. This Minneapolis based hard rock band has a future if they continue to grow along the lines set forth on Binge & Purge.

alb The band Torok started in a garage like most bands do, back in the fall of 1993. Vocalist Erikson started the group with three other member, but the band took shape when the group was introduced to Michael Torok. They finally agreed to name the band Torok, and began playing out in 1994 and 1995. They recorded a CD, entitled "Silence" in 1996, an eclectic group of songs ranging from industrial screaming metal to acoustic guitar ballads. After taking a break, the band got together to record the songs which would make up Binge & Purge in 1999. The CD was recorded totally old school on tape and for the most part live. Michael Torok's playing on the album is raw and aggressive, blending many styles, while Bryan Erikson's vocals are completely over the top.

Torok now has Ken Olson back on bass (who played one of the first gigs with the original band) and have been promoting and getting ready to hit the road in support of Binge & Purge in the winter of 2002.

Contact Information
Torokmusic
5104 31st Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55417
United States

E-mail: Torok
Web site: www.torokmusic.com

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Anthony Rufo

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Professional Musician Makes Waves

New Jersey area guitarist Anthony Rufo has released his CD of instrumental guitar works, entitled Makin' Waves. The eight guitar-dominated tracks are based in the rock genre, but overall, cover a wide sonic territory (like the solo guitar intro to "Imagination"). In addition to guitar, Rufo also provides piano, keyboards and Hammond B-3 instrumentation, while the project is anchored by the drumming of Johnnie Adams. Rufo's compositions allow plenty of room to stretch, as numbers such as "Imagination", "Kathryn" and "Satisfying Grace" crack the seven-minute mark. These are balanced by quick-hitters such as the Hammond-driven "Crusin'" and the opener "Tonester Bushido", which kind of sums up a lot of Rufo's rock playing - with a funky rhythm intro, exotically scaled leads, and an overdriven, whammy-enriched, two-handed tapping, legato section. Overall, Rufo goes for the heart and soul of guitar expression, rather than precisely picked or ultra flashy, modern, technical playing - if that's what you're looking to find, give Makin' Waves a listen.

pic When Anthony was eight years old, his sister, Rosemarie, won a guitar at the Seaside Heights boardwalk. Since then, Anthony has taken that situation and run with it, and achieved many accomplishments in the musical field. These include a Bachelor of Arts in music at William Paterson University, professional performances in pop, rock, jazz and commercial bands throughout the tri-state area, an accumulation of over 20 years teaching experience, work as a studio musician, and studies at the American Institute of Guitar in New York City. His teachers have included Dennis Gorgas, Joe Cinderella, Bucky Pizzerelli, Harry Leahey, Peter Mazza and Matt Smith.

Rufo is currently seeking recording/arrangement situations with companies and individuals who share the love, imagination and inspiration for music that he himself possesses.

Contact Information
Anthony Rufo
3203 Herbertsville Road
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
United States

E-mail: Anthony Rufo
Web site: www.rufomusic.com

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