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

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