On Monday the 2nd of September, Toranaga will be unleashing Righteous Retribution, their first new album in 23 years. Their last one was the recently reissued God’s Gift, originally released on Chrysalis back on 1990, only two years after the band formed. Good reviews, including an Album Of The Month nod in Germany’s Metal Hammer magazine and tours with the likes of Manowar, Sabbat, Venom, Saxon, Metal Church, Uriah Heep, Annihilator and many others, as well as their own headlining tours couldn’t stop Chrysalis dropping the band only a year after the album’s release.
In the months that followed, both Mark Duffy (vocals) and Andy “Burt” Burton (bass) both left the band and that was it.
Move forward to 2010, and Andy and Mark got in touch with Steve Todd, their drummer about getting together and dusting off some of the old songs and writing some new ones. Unfortunately Andy Mitchell had relocated to Australia, so was unavailable. This meant recruiting two new guitarists, namely John Rodgers and Shane Haigh and a slight modification of the name to Bastard Son Of Toranaga. When asked why the change of name, Andy has stated that it didn’t feel right using the original name since Andy Mitchell wasn’t involved, and the new name was suggested by one of the new guys.
The new line-up recorded the Cynical Eyes EP in 2011, and opened for Evile at their Holmfirth Picturedrome Five Serpents Teeth album release show at the behest of bassist Joel Graham, a longtime fan of Toranaga and a regular at the same pub, The Old Turk in their native Dewsbury.
Now in 2013, an album 23 years in the gestation is finally ready to be unleashed through Chuffing Hell Records. To celebrate this momentous event, Toranaga will be hosting a launch party at the aforementioned Old Turk on Friday 30th August, starting at 8pm. DJing duties will be undertaken by The Wyrd Ways Rock Show and Planet Mosh’s very own Carl “DJ ThunderGod” Pickles.
Attendees can expect to hear the new album in full as well as being offered new, exclusive merchandise and competitions on the night. In addition to this, the band are inviting any local bands to come to the event with demos in hand. Both Carl and the band have said as many as possible will be played.
Be there for your dose of Relentless Retribution.