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