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