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Miami, Florida, United States (2004 – present)

Torche is a band from Miami, Florida, United States. They play a distinctive style of stoner/ sludge metal that they categorize as ‘’’‘.

The group was formed in 2004 by Steve Brooks (ex-Floor), Juan Montoya (ex-Cavity, ex-Ed Matus’ Struggle), Jonathan Nuñez and Rick Smith (who also play in the band Shitstorm). According to “Their music has a unique, hard-hitting sound that provokes a wide range of emotions, and they have a large fan base throughout the world.” They have toured with Mogwai, Isis, Pelican, Black Cobra, Baroness, Jesu, The Sword, Stinking Lizaveta, Harvey Milk and Boris. Steve Brooks, however, has said that they don’t consider themselves a metal band. In describing the band’s sound, Smith said in an interview: “To me it’s mostly a combination of everything we listen to collectively as a band. We take what we like from what we grew up on and use it as creatively as we can. I think the meshing of different sounds comes naturally just because we all have different musical backgrounds yet have a ton of common interests.” In terms of touring, Brooks said Torche is getting more of a young crowd.

On April 8, 2008, the band released their second full-length, entitled Meanderthal. It was produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Genghis Tron). It was met with critical acclaim, including that from Decibel Magazine who ranked Meanderthal #1 on their list of the Top 40 Extreme Albums of 2008 as well as an 8.2/10 by Pitchfork Media. In an interview, Brooks said the band themselves came up with the album’s concept in terms of artwork and packaging. Brooks has also said that in terms of writing material, the band focuses on what they like, rather than worrying about a “backlash” from their fans.


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  • thatkirbydude

    The title track is the only track that stands out

    3 Mar 3:11pm Reply
  • otsukaretimu

    I think I wrote these guys off after listening to Songs for Singles, but Restarter is a lot of fun to listen to. I'll have to go back and check out Harminocraft too.

    28 Feb 3:20pm Reply
  • seattlesunmusic

    Holy crap I didn't know what stoner metal meant until I actually pressed play

    27 Feb 2:48am Reply
  • bobo9390

    On my first listen of the new album now and it seems great so far.

    25 Feb 11:09pm Reply
  • Eman SCSA

    "Total loss of identity" wtf lol... have you ever listened to their self-titled?

    25 Feb 4:32pm Reply
  • jkralovich

    The TORCHE Awakens:

    25 Feb 2:28am Reply
  • Matt_Sick

    "Restarter" is so disappointing... Can't believe the lack of quality of the songs. Total loss of identity

    21 Feb 5:32pm Reply
  • bkelleher

    Their new material is fucking great. Can't wait to see these dudes live.

    19 Feb 8:11pm Reply
  • gulizaah

    guys, you must take into consideration that Restarter was made after Oblation. you can't expect to get a full-blown beach 'n' roll sound after a Floor album.

    19 Feb 8:12am Reply
  • brandnewshoe

    They never fucking disappoint

    19 Feb 4:05am Reply
  • thekillingspree

    @irishtim: though I've only listened to it once yet, I'm feeling a bit like you towards the new album. Songs sound too similar and they seem to be plagued with uninspired riffs after uninspired riffs. Harmonicraft was all about instant gratification (though I still enjoy it a lot today) and it seems to have been more focused on melody and catchy riffs, so maybe Restarter's lack of a more melodic sound and its cranked up heaviness will take more effort from some of us before we're finally able to better appreciate it. I'm not giving up on it just yet, but so far I can't say that I'm not feeling a bit underwhelmed by it.

    15 Feb 5:55pm Reply
  • Ijux

    Crushingly stunning

    15 Feb 9:13am Reply
  • HerrWolfenstein

    oh yes ,great album !

    13 Feb 6:59pm Reply
  • Mikeee64

    New album is fucking sensational an' I wannae hear nothing less..

    13 Feb 12:19am Reply
  • gulizaah

    @irishtim: it WILL grow on you. it's not an easy one like Harmonicraft was, found it a bit generic first, but after my fourth-fifth listening, I'm really digging it.

    11 Feb 6:42pm Reply
  • copiousbred

    shit is killer

    8 Feb 5:41pm Reply
  • irishtim

    I hate to say it, but I'm a little disappointed with the new album. I'm hoping it'll grow on me in time, but I'm finding it kinda boring an uninventive for their standards.

    7 Feb 9:25pm Reply
  • thekillingspree

    HOLY FUCKING SHIT THEY HAVE A NEW ALBUM AND IT LEAKED ALREADY?!?! *jizzes* ... *and then googles it*

    7 Feb 5:49pm Reply
  • knight_88

    I'm really digging the new album!

    7 Feb 5:21am Reply
  • padavanGreg

    L E A K ! ! §

    6 Feb 8:32pm Reply
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