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After the breakup of Floor in 2004, Torche vocalist/guitarist Steve Brooks decided to carry on the thundering tradition of his former band, recruiting guitarist Juan Montoya (also formerly of Floor), drummer Rick Smith, and bassist Jonathan Nuñez. This lineup evolved the sonic template Brooks had created with Floor into a lush and more fully realized sound. In 2005, the Miami four-piece released their eponymous debut Torche on Robotic Empire, introducing the world to a new brand of doom/stoner metal that replaced the bleakness and despair typical of the genre with a more triumphant and anthemic sound: the heavy metal equivalent of Chariots of Fire. Combining detuned, droning guitars reminiscent of doom luminaries Earth and Sunn 0))) with soaring, harmonic vocals, Torche created a new take on the genre that is best described as "doom pop." After the album's release, the band began extensive cross-country touring, sharing bills with the Sword, Mouth of the Architect, Jesu, Isis, and Mogwai. In March of 2007, Torche released a remastered version of their self-titled album featuring the bonus track "Make Me Alive." In the summer of 2007, Torche released the beautifully packaged EP In Return on Robotic Empire, featuring a jacket designed by John Baizley of Baroness. Late in 2007, the bandmembers announced that they had finished recording their second album, Meanderthal, which was released in 2008. Later that year, guitarist Juan Montoya left the band due to creative differences. The remaining members carried on as a trio, touring with bands like Harvey Milk and Coheed and Cambria. In 2010, the band released the EP Songs for Singles on Hydrahead. Two years later, in 2012, Torche released the hook-laden and critically acclaimed Harmonicraft; it found the group topping numerous year-end lists. In 2014, Brooks reunited Floor with Anthony Vialon and Henry Wilson; the trio made their long-awaited return with Oblation. Early the following year, Torche's fourth studio long-player Restarter mined similar sonic territory as its predecessor, doubling down on the earworms without losing any muscularity. ~ Gregory Heaney
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  2.   Kicking
  3.   Undone
  4.   Grenades
  5.   Kiss Me Dudely
  6.   Little Champion
  7.   Harmonicraft
  8.   Vampyro
  9.   Restarter
  10.   Fat Waves
  11.   Unleashed! the Large Hearted Boy
  12.   Healer
  13.   Skin Moth
  14.   Charge of the Brown Recluse
  15.   Barrier Hammer
  16.   Exit Flagger
  17.   Mentor
  18.   Solitary Traveler
  19.   Harmonslaught
  20.   No Servants
  21.   Safe
  22.   Annihilation Affair
  23.   Hideaway
  24.   Sundown
  25.   Holy Roar
  26.   Amnesian
  27.   Believe It
  28.   In Pieces
  29.   Rockit
  30.   Meanderthal
  31.   Erase
  32.   Rock 'N' Roll Mantasy
  33.   Blasted
  34.   Minions
  35.   Cast Into Unknown
  36.   Triumph of Venus
  37.   Sandstorm
  38.   Keep Up
  39.   The Last Word
  40.   Loose Men
  41.   Sky Trials
  42.   Fire
  43.   Bishop in Arms
  44.   Roaming
  45.   Snakes Are Charmed
  46.   U.F.O.
  47.   Across the Shields
  48.   King Beef
  49.   Pirhaña
  50.   Reverse Inverted
  51.   Lay Low
  52.   Without a Sound
  53.   Looking On
  54.   Leather Feather
  55.   Fuck Addict
  56.   Walk It Off
  57.   Postal Blowfish
  58.   Arrowhead
  59.   Letting Go
  60.   Speed of the Nail
  61.   Shine On My Old Ways
  62.   Out Again
  63.   Face The Wall

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