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

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