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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.   The Last Word
  6.   Face The Wall
  7.   Fire
  8.   Restarter
  9.   Triumph of Venus
  10.   Looking On
  11.   Sky Trials
  12.   Reverse Inverted
  13.   Vampyro
  14.   Rock 'N' Roll Mantasy
  15.   Harmonslaught
  16.   Bishop in Arms
  17.   Keep Up
  18.   Harmonicraft
  19.   Kiss Me Dudely
  20.   Roaming
  21.   In Pieces
  22.   Walk It Off
  23.   Hideaway
  24.   Cast Into Unknown
  25.   Fat Waves
  26.   Sundown
  27.   Speed of the Nail
  28.   Mentor
  29.   Leather Feather
  30.   Safe
  31.   Barrier Hammer
  32.   Letting Go
  33.   Snakes Are Charmed
  34.   Fuck Addict
  35.   Annihilation Affair
  36.   Holy Roar
  37.   Pirhaña
  38.   Across the Shields
  39.   No Servants
  40.   Minions
  41.   Skin Moth
  42.   Rockit
  43.   Sandstorm
  44.   Loose Men
  45.   Without a Sound
  46.   Shine On My Old Ways
  47.   Out Again
  48.   U.F.O.
  49.   King Beef
  50.   Solitary Traveler
  51.   Healer
  52.   Blasted
  53.   Little Champion
  54.   Lay Low
  55.   Charge of the Brown Recluse
  56.   Arrowhead
  57.   Amnesian
  58.   Believe It
  59.   Erase
  60.   Meanderthal
  61.   Make Me Alive
  62.   Bring Me Home
  63.   Carnivore Hellion
  64.   In Return
  65.   Olympus Mons
  66.   Rule the Beast
  67.   Tarpit
  68.   Warship
  69.   Exit Flagger
  70.   Postal Blowfish
  71.   Unleashed! the Large Hearted Boy
  72.   Tarpit Carnivore
  73.   Hellion

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