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

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