Brooklyn punks Chesty Malone and the Slice 'em Ups are reissung their second album, Torture Rock. Originally released in 2011, the reissue will be offered on vinyl for the first time by Boise, Idaho-based label, 1332 Records.
Recorded in the fall of 2009 in Queens, New York's Wild Arctic studio by Shawn Kimon, the album features Angel Cotte (Demolition Hammer, Them) behind the drums. Torture Rock was only released on CD back during its original run.
For this reissue, the album's artwork was faithfully recreated from the original elements of the CD release by artist Anthony Allen Begnal. “Since that album was sized for a CD cover originally, it was obviously way too small so I had to go searching in all my various flash drives to find the original pieces that I used for the artwork back then," says Begnal.
"I still have the painting I did and the cover photos, etc., then I reached out to old friend and photog Holly Neil to get some band pics she took right around when the album was recorded. It took some doing doing but I think it came out great, slightly different from the CD but also completely faithful to the time that the record was recorded.”
Begnal talks about the difference between Torture Rock and their previous album, Now We're Gonna See What Disaster Really Means!: "Our first one was a total hardcore record at heart and with Torture Rock we had the perfect drummer in Angel Cotte to add a lot of our crossover and thrash metal influences too. We poured everything we had at the time into that album!"
As Lucifuge was to Danzig, Torture Rock is to Chesty Malone and the Slice 'em Ups. It slaughtered all who listened to it unlike any thrasher has done before. Available for the first time on vinyl, do yourself a favor and grab this iconic horror hardcore masterpiece and soak yourself in its bloody embrace!
Torture Rock is available on red & white, red & black splatter, and classic black vinyl via 1332 Records.