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

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