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

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