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