Torrefy's John Thrashes and Burns to the Ground in Interview


Declaring their style as heavy fucking metal thrash, Torrefy has been jamming for years. Doing it for fun all along, just wanting in a return a good old time of craziness, screaming, moshing, and headbanging! Frontman vocalist John Ferguson discusses the band's works, plans, and more!


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

John: Before we were Torrefy the instrumental part of the band used to jam regularly in Adam’s garage. Dan, Simon, John, and Adam grew up together in Victoria BC and developed musically in the same environment individually influenced by punk, blues, classic rock, hip hop, and of course, Heavy fucking Metal. Ben Simon and Dan through work after having moved to Vancouver Island in 2008.  Ben’s former band “Moonlit Burial” had just broken up and he had moved to the island to play in a band called “The Tower” Simon, and Dan came out to one of his shows, after that band broke up they invited him to come jam in Adam’s garage. Ben was impressed by their collective talent and began bringing up the idea of writing full songs, as opposed to just “jamming.” After writing a few songs, their combined influences and attitudes naturally manifested into music most closely resembling Thrash Metal . After seeing Torrefy perform instrumentally, because they had not yet found a vocalist who suited their particular brand of Thrash Metal, John soon tried out, and was immediately inducted into the band. We performed as a whole at a 2011 New Years Eve party. Since then they have come to perform with multiple acts who inspired them to follow the path of Metal, and in turn have formed a brotherhood that goes beyond the stage.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

John: TORREFY to dry or roast with fire parch, scorch such as a to subject (ores) to scorching heat so as to drive off volatile ingredients roast. To dry (drugs) on a hot metallic plate til they are friable or are reduced to the state desired. It just described us to a “T”.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

John: We hail from Victoria BC, way up in Canada, where the music scene is a tight knit community with a vast cross section of styles. This can lead to awesomely varied line ups at local shows where Grindcore bands will open for polished Power Metal bands. We have a bit of everything up here from Galdra (Black Metal), and Iskra (Black Crust) to Atrous Leviathan (Death Metal) and Scimitar (Folk-Death Metal).

4. How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?

John: We hate over-convoluted genre titles, so we just refer to ourselves as “Thrash” even though we are aware of multiple influences that affect our particular style of song writing. Taking from Classic Rock, Blues, Black Metal and Death Metal. The result is a unique brand of Thrash Metal that is inspired but not derivative. The only way to know what we sound like is to listen to us. If we took the time to write out all of our influences it would be a massive list, it expands all the way from Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Metallica to Skeletonwitch, Vektor, and Gojira.

5. What's your take on "Thrash and Burn" as a whole?

John: It was an excellent first album experience for Torrefy. We wound up working with the guitarist of local metal band Scimitar, George Anstey, as our recording engineer. We were quite impressed with the results, considering it was recorded in dingy basements and bathrooms. Overall we were stoked on the finished product, and we are anxious to hear what the masses think of it. We are excited to take what we learned from our experience in the “studio” and apply it to our second album.

6. What's your favorite song on the album right now?

Adam- Incineratorr

Ben- 8%

Simon- Thrash and Burn

Dan- Direwolf

John- Incineratorr

7. What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?

John: That even though we just released our 1st album we have the entirety of our second album, a concept album called “The Infinity Complex”, completely written and ready for recording. Our output of music is both constant and rapid due to our passion for the art and the fact that all members of the band are contributing songwriters. We just can’t stop writing. We've made a huge impression on our local scene and are just at the beginning of our journey as a band.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

John: As we mentioned we have an entire second album ready for recording and are anxious to get in the studio. We have our sights on some Canadian festivals like Farmaggedon, and Armstrong Metal Festival, as well as larger international festivals. Right now we are in a competition for the chance to play Wacken Open Air against numerous other bands across the country.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

John: All our recorded material is available on our Bandcamp page, including all of “Thrash and Burn” and some live off the floor recordings.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

John: We’d like them to remember a mind-reeling, all-encompassing high that unleashes a flame within their blackened heart, which spreads forth across the multiple planes of their infinitesimal existences.

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