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Torul
http://www.torul-recordings.net/
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Past Events
  • 22 July 2017
    A concert by Torul at Tanzbrunnen in Cologne, Germany
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  • 1 April 2017
    A concert by Torul at Reithalle Dresden in Dresden, Germany
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  • 6 August to 11 November 2016
    A series of concerts by Torul in Cologne, Deutzen, Erfurt, Frankfurt, Hameln, Munich, Germany
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  • 25 October 2015
    A concert by Torul at the Schattenwelt Festival within The Measure Tour 2015 at Multiversum in Schwechat, Austria
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  • 8 October to 23 October 2015
    The Measure Tour 2015 by Torul in Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, Oberhausen, Germany
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  • 29 April 2015
    The Measure Tour by Torul at X-TRA in Zürich, Switzerland
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  • 25 April 2015
    The Measure Tour by Torul at T.B.A. in Warsaw, Poland
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  • 26 March to 11 April 2015
    The Measure Tour TORUL live by Torul in Dresden, Frankfurt, Langenstein, Munich, Oberhausen, Germany
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  • 25 October 2014
    A concert by Torul at Huxleys neue Welt in Berlin, Germany
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  • 4 October 2014
    A concert by Torul at X-Tra in Zürich, Switzerland
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  • 3 October 2014
    A concert by Torul at Moritzbastei in Leipzig, Germany
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  • 27 July 2014
    A concert by Torul at the 2014 Amphi Festival at Amphi eventpark in Cologne, Germany
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  • 21 June 2014
    A concert by Torul at the Blackfield Festival 2014 at Amphitheater Gelsenkirchen in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
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  • 11 April to 12 April 2014
    Concerts by Torul at Black Dog, Teatr in Moscow, Volgograd, Russia
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  • 28 December 2013
    A concert by Torul at the Electronic Dance Festival at Neue Stadthalle in Langen, Germany
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  • 7 September 2013
    A concert by Torul at Rockfabrik in Nürnberg, Germany
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  • 6 September 2013
    A concert by Torul at the Nocturnal Culture Night 8 at Kulturpark in Deutzen, Germany
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  • 19 July 2013
    A concert by Torul at Essigfabrik in Cologne, Germany
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  • 19 April to 21 April 2013
    A series of concerts by Torul within the MESH European Tour at Legends, O2 Academy, Sound Control in London, Manchester, Newcastle, United Kingdom
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  • 16 April 2013
    A concert by Torul within the MESH European Tour at La Laiterie Artefact in Strasbourg, France
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  • 15 April 2013
    A concert by Torul within the MESH European Tour at Szene in Vienna, Austria
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  • 6 April 2013
    A concert by Torul within the MESH European Tour at The Brewhouse in Gothenburg, Sweden
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  • 5 April to 17 April 2013
    A series of concerts by Torul within the MESH European Tour at Backstage, Batschkapp, Live Music Hall, Markthalle, Matrix, Mau Halle, Musikzentrum, Werk II in Bochum, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig, Munich, Rostock, Germany
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  • 28 September 2012
    A concert by Torul at Schwarzes Leipzig Tanzt at Moritzbastei in Leipzig, Germany
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  • 27 May 2012
    A concert by Torul at the Wave Gotik Treffen at Kohlrabizirkus in Leipzig, Germany
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  • 25 May 2012
    A concert by Torul at the Small Urban Festival at Outside Club SKWHAT in Sisak, Croatia
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  • 24 September 2011
    A concert by Torul at the Festival Fantastike Zaječar at Youth Centre in Zaječar, Serbia
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  • 23 April 2011
    A concert by Torul at Moritzbastei in Leipzig, Germany
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Based on almost two decades of solo endeavcours, Torul emerged as a industrial synthpop band somewhere around 2010, when its first album was released. The man behind it is Borut Bernik, otherwise one of the pioneering Slovenian techno producers, who soon after established Torul as a trio with Jan Jenko on vocals and Borut Dolenec on guitars and synths. Bernik himself takes care of programming, synths, effects, occasional vocals and the band in general. When performing solo, he goes under the name Torulsson.

Their meticulously crafted melange of a slightly 'gothic' atmosphere with various techno derivatives, rock energy, indie quirkiness and a strong melodic anchor has soon gotten them a strong international following, enthusiastic reviews in the media and regular gigs all over Europe.

The group also puts great emphasis on the visual component and besides insisting on well thought out stage lighting, the also put much effort into the production of their videos which they themselves conceptualise, direct and produce.

Background

Borut Bernik, who has actually been using the name Torul for almost two decades, started his music career at the start of the nineties. Besides sporadically playing keyboards for the darkwave band Coptic Rain (and the less-known Silent Order), his primary act was a collaboration with Aleš Čačovič, with whom they worked under the names Clox, Channel Klirr, Cloak Device and The Clockworx and released a number of techno vinyls for the Ljubljana based Matrix Music and some other labels.

In later years, Borut started to release music under the alias Torul and at the break of the century appeared on labels such as Force Inc, Low Spirit, Thule, Tissje, Touch Tone, High-Head and so on. He also started playing live-acts (having played in many respected European clubs including Tresor), and as his musical interests reached beyond techno, his sound became more and more personal, gradually leading him into the territory he is now exploring with the trio.

At the start of 2010, when the first Torul LP was released, this trio did not yet exist. Borut Dolenec contributed his bass guitar for only a few songs, and the vocals were handled by Mitja Šedlbauer and Bernik. But as live performances demanded a more solid line-up, the current trio soon after came together.

Discography and performances

Following the release of Dark Matters, the band signed for the German independent label Infacted Recordings and released there a number of successful albums like In Whole (2011), Tonight We Dream Fiercely (2013, simultaneously released in the USA at Metropolis Records) and The Measure (2015). Singles from these records have gotten to the very top of many alternative charts such as DAC, GEWC, DAT20, EAC and others. The albums have gotten very positive reviews on various on-line magazines and earned them the ‘Newcomer of the year’ title on the high profile portal depechemode.de.

The band started playing abroad very fast and first appeared in Germany already in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, they went on a tour with Mesh, a legendary English synthpop band from Bristol, and toured all over Europe. This, taken together with well received albums, has enabled them to subsequently play extensively in Germany and Middle Europe and getting even as far as Moscow. They appeared at Wave Gothic Treffen, E-Tropolis Festival, Sci-Fi festival, Amfi festival, E-Werk Festival. In Slovenia, they were invited to Flow Festival Ljubljana, Lent Festival and played at a number of venues like Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture, Orto Bar, Gala Hala, Klub Menza pri koritu, F-Club, ...

With the name Torul taken by a band, Borut Bernik chose the name DJ Torulsson for his DJ gigs, offering - as he says - "special club mash-up sets. Dynamic unconventional DJ sets, where various music styles, such as electro, synthpop, darkpop, techno, electroclash and postpunk sounds seamlessly integrate".

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