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