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Torche are a difficult band to describe in simple sound bytes. Over the past eight years this Miami, Florida-based rock act have toured with everyone from Mogwai to Circa Survive and Pelican to Big Business, however their sound doesn’t conform to any particular scene or subgenre. Instead the band—frontman Steve Brooks, bassist Jonathan Nuñez, drummer Rick Smith and new ... Read more in Amazon's Torche Store

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  • Audio CD (23 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: The Orchard
  • ASIN: B007D1J9Q0
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,639 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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TORCHE, the four-pronged riff colossus, led by vocalist/guitarist Steve Brooks (Floor), Jonathan Nuñez and Rick Smith (Shitstorm) and new guitarist, Andrew Elstner, (former vocalist/guitarist for St. Louis Riddle of Steel), have been steamrolling the underground-metal scene since making waves in 2008 with the release of Meanderthal, their second full-length album. Accolades have been well received from the underground metal scene, a whole new crop of fans take notice for the first time; including the mainstream indie rock community. With outlets like Pitchfork, Spin, Paste and Stereogum piling praise upon the band for their super heavy yet totally accessible brand of melodic metal, TORCHE soon found themselves on top of the underground metal heap, not to mention plenty of Year-End lists, most notably grabbing the #1 spot on Decibel Magazine s Top 40 Albums of 2008. On their new and third proper full-length, Harmonicraft, mixed by Kurt Ballou of Converge, TORCHE deliver a heaping helping of tasty riffs and rip with a smile melodic rock songs that are sure to propel them out of the underground metal scene.

BBC Review

How many rock acts can you genuinely say started to sound better once they cleaned up their act and got a little slicker? If you’ve even bothered with this exercise then you’re probably staring furrow-browed at six, maybe seven grubby fingers, but with Harmonicraft you can now add Florida’s Torche to that paltry bunch of misfits.

Long able to lay claim to the title of Heaviest Pop Band In The World, Torche have now found a replacement for errant guitarist Juan Montoya and taken newcomer Andrew Elstner onboard. Simultaneously, they’ve made the decision to rely less and less on simple heft and instead streamline their songwriting.

Those who’ve followed the band closely will have seen it all gradually unfurling as though they’ve been gawping at some weird wall chart highlighting evolutionary development. They’ll have been present as the band sloughed off their early sludgegaze plod, which, if enjoyably different, was a tad lacking in terms of bombast and longevity.

Then they’ll have witnessed the edge-smoothing of 2008’s Meanderthal and subsequent transmogrification into the burgeoning hooks of 2010’s ridiculously brief, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Songs for Singles. Those ‘growers’ have since bloomed into one-hit-and-you’re-hooked barnburners, meaning the band’s sonics are now fully deserving of their riot-in-a-jellybean-factory album sleeves.

Don’t be fooled into thinking the heavy’s not there any more, mind, since the Melvins-esque thwump, frustrated Helmet-ish traipse and velvet-gloved punch of oft-forgot post-hardcore supergroup Handsome are still intact. But now they’re swaddled in glorious shimmers (Kicking), ecstatically joyous guitar work (Walk it Off) and strange bouts of QOTSA-gone-Jesu abandon that are lush, plush and large enough to warrant their own postcode (Looking On).

Whether the metamorphosis is yet complete is anyone’s guess, but this latest stage is a true game-changer. Torche have always been a good band and sometimes even a great one, but with Harmonicraft they’ve found the songs to match their extraordinary sound. This, then, means the only thing we’ve got left to worry about right now is the immense and inevitable sugar-crash in store once we stop spinning the album. This mightn’t be the most nicest of prospects, but at least the short-term remedy is blissfully simple: grin guiltily to yourself and prepare for just one more delicious earful.

--Alex Deller

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stark_Raving_Mad on 1 May 2012
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Disclaimer: I own all of Torche's recorded output and count myself as a HUGE fan. This 'review' may therefore come out a bit fanboyish but bear with me please. Much like the brevity of Torche's songs, I'll keep this short.

The fact that you are viewing this page tells me that you have at least a passing interest in Torche or heavy, interesting music in general. If you fall into this category I say go out and buy this record ASAP damn it! Spin.com is doing a full album stream at the moment so at least check out the songs first if you must. You are not going to find a catchier, better recorded, more fun and a more addictive heavy record than _Harmonicraft_ this year.

In case you are new to Torche and have stumbled upon this page by accident (or upon a recommendation), the best way to describe their sound is heavy poppified (is that even a word?) rock. Imagine the best parts of Soundgarden, Kyuss, QOTSA, Clutch, Monster Magnet, The Foo Fighters, Devin Townsend Band/Project, Baroness, etc thrown into a blender and made into a delicious smoothie. To call them derivative of any of the aforementioned bands would be doing a grave injustice to Torche though. They have honed and crafted a sound over these last few years that they can proudly call their own.

The heart of all Torche songs are the spiralling, gargantuan riffs. But they are not heavy in the traditional 'heavy metal' sense (read: oppressive) and that is because they are always played within the context of the songs. And these songs are about melody first, heaviosity later. Torche, better than most bands, does an amazing job of walking the tight rope between heavy and catchy. Steve Brooks' melodic singing has improved a lot since the early days and the rhythm section is tight as always.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David Sutton on 25 Jun. 2012
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Stumbled across this band recently whilst mass-aquiring a load of new music. Struck me on the first listen as being absolutely brilliant, and subsequent listens have only solidified this impression. The album to me sounds like a strange amalgam of punk, pop, hard rock and maybe a little bit doom. Its hard to describe, theres so much going on. Its a really lively recording, upbeat to me and is filled with treasure, loads of fantastic guitar and drum work and the singing reminds me of dillinger four for some reason. . . The other review and the BBC description capture it better, but I really needed to get another 5 star on their board, and since I'm new to the band I guess I can't be shouted down for being a fanboy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Caps on 19 Sept. 2012
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My first experience of Torche's music was when they supported Isis, around the same time they released Meanderthal. I was aware of the band but this was the first time I had really listened to their stuff. It was a good introduction and I can attest that Torche can produce a gloriously heavy live show. However, at the time I neglected to pick up the album and the band largely escaped me until Songs for Singles. Not a terrible EP but none of the songs really grabbed me like I had hoped they would. I wondered if the live environment was where Torche were best heard. Then some friends started talking about Harmonicraft (one said album of the year so far) and I gave them another chance. Glad I did.

Like I said, Songs for Singles wasn't bad but every song on Harmonicraft surpasses any on the preceding release. It smashes into action with Letting Go and immediately grabs you. All the songs are little nuggets of weird, heavy yet accessible joy, each enjoyable on their own, all working together in perfect unison. Torche's style is fairly unique and the 'sludge-pop' tag does cover it well, bizarre as it sounds. Riffs of varying pace but consistent quality, a fairly unique but wholly listenable singing style and regularly, layered with full-pelt, rocking solos.

I would put closest comparison as Melvins but it's more in mindset or style than a simple sound comparison. Torche have removed all the challenging weirdness and replaced it with something that your parents are not likely to find unlistenable. I could imagine Melvins fans perhaps not liking Torche for their easiness to enjoy but I conceive the scope for the Torche appreciation society to be massive (and I'm surprised it isn't). Another band that comes into my head is Foo Fighters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Swingler on 24 July 2012
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I've always loved torche as a band, their album's always hold a unique sound that changes constantly almost to the extent of being concept albums, but retaining completely the key defining style and sound that their prior work has, Harmonicraft is deliriously, europhically rocking. Intensely upbeat and high powered, it reminds me most of Keelhaul this time, almost of pastiche of amazing titbits from rock and metal compressed into short spikey multi-coloured rock songs. Absolutely Sky High.
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Most rock albums of the present seem to fall into some tired genre or other: we have the endless cycle of 'djent' bands, for example; even the Deftones seem to be sticking to some comfortable formula. So where to turn for some good, foot stomping rock and roll these days? Well you could do much worse than turning to Torche's Harmonicraft album for inspiration.

If I were to summarize this sound in just a few words, I would say that they sound like Helmet teams up with Janes Addiction. So, on the one hand, you have the same heavy, groovy, slightly angular riffing and gruff intonations of Helmet (See Reverse Inverted), but Torche stray into the more colourful, unrestrained psychedelic territory of Janes Addiction with their sound (especially on 'Letting go', which sounds even more like Jane's Addiction with the heavy use of delay on the vocals). I would be very surprised if Torche were not fans of either of these bands: The comparisons seem unavoidable. However, Torche manage to come out with a sound that is altogether their own.

Just the right balance of aggression and melody. The result, is an interesting style of music that is very heavy without being angry, bleak or pessimistic.

That cover is excellent, too.
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