Vienna’s Torso lay down all kinds of the rock on their debut, Inside. A good portion of Inside has a bluesy vibe that pours on more cement to the 70′s foundation they’re building on, but Torso mix in some other gravel. The title cut has some desert winds blowing around it that whip up into a break before blowing on out again. Mona Lisa works as straight up rocker with a twist or two, while Black Man and Haunting Witches have a doomier edge that point to some other objects in their rearview mirror. One of the best cuts, Room has whiffs of power-trio hey-day out of the gate, then goes on to a wobbly stoner work out with stop/starts thrown in to keep you guessing, and a bottom-end working overtime to drag you to the finish. They do tone it down on Voices, but the stretch gets muddled and despite the title’s declaration, it could use a little dominance in one voice. That voice is made clear on the outstanding One, with a pouring on of a serious space rock topcoat that really makes all the pistons fire in sync, giving Torso some solid legs to stand on.
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