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

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