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

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