One way the members of deathcore band Torment describe their sound is “an energetic mix of metal, punk and aggression.” Some other ways: the North Shore Hardcore, the D-Town Beatdown, the Self-Proclaimed Minnesota Meanies. Kyle Rudd-Pulkinen, Caden Dudek, Connor Slawson and Andrew Olson live out those descriptions with chest-thudding bass, throat-shredding vocals, punishing drums and grim, industrial, crunchy guitar. After being put into intensive care by a hit-and-run driver in 2020, Dudek was performing again by 2021. That’s pretty metal.


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