‘The future is safe in Tortured Demon’s hands’ - Metal Hammer
Since 2018, Oldham brothers Jacob and Joe Parkinson have been launching a full-scale assault on the UK thrash scene. As founders of UK Thrashcore hopefuls Tortured Demon, they’ve independently released two albums, and worked with various members to bring their trademark live show to eyes and ears nationwide. Before turning 18, they’d already toured with UK thrash royalty Evile and Xentrix, and laid the foundations of their second album ‘Rise Of The Lifeless’ - which would go on to receive critical acclaim from publications including Metal Hammer and Distorted Sound - whilst still in school. Combining Thrash riffs and Hardcore breakdowns with technical drums, all whilst maintaining a firm focus on quality songwriting, Tortured Demon aim to breathe a breath of fresh air into the UK metal scene.
Following the release of their debut album ‘In Desperation’s Grip’, the band performed an infamously intense set at Bloodstock 2021, for which a massive audience - estimated at over 2000 - descended at 12PM, vastly overwhelming the tiny Jagermeister Stage, resulting in it needing to be closed for repairs shortly after. They made their explosive return to Bloodstock in 2023, playing the Sophie Lancaster Stage, achieving yet another unprecedented morning attendance.
The band have built a loyal live following nationwide thanks to their impressive history of high-octane shows for a band at such an early stage in their career, culminating in their first headline tour - the 'Tour Of The Lifeless' - in October 2023. Packing venues nationwide, Tortured Demon cemented themselves as a legitimate UK headliner, despite having no agent, management or record label at the time. This is a testament to the hard work and extreme dedication that Jacob and Joe Parkinson continue to pour into their craft, even after 5 years on the road.
Tortured Demon have a busy year ahead in 2024, as they continue working on their highly anticipated third album, whilst undertaking their most extensive touring year to date.