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

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