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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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  • eviljim667

    Absolutely owned it last night.

    23 May 11:42am Reply
  • DrunkenAirplane

    See you tomorrow guys ...

    18 May 7:57pm Reply
  • bobo9390

    Harmonicraft is a masterpiece

    18 May 6:51pm Reply
  • vals81

    Here fotos and impressions of the Berlin show:

    17 May 2:07pm Reply
  • alexi1000

    Yes! It has grown on me a lot too :-)...among some of my faves now...

    17 May 1:11pm Reply
  • 70melbatoast

    Took a few listens, but man has Restarter grown on me. I love it now. 4/5. Favorite tracks: "Minions" & "Restarter".

    30 Apr 1:37pm Reply
  • thekillingspree

    I don't consider "Restarter" do be disappointed for its lack of poppiness, but for its copious amounts of blandness.

    27 Apr 6:18pm Reply
  • eaurthlove

    well i don't even think that restarter doesn't feel right to us just because it's not "pop" enough. it is in a way. it just feels boring to me. what they release and enjoy playing (i hope they do) is totally up to the guys. they don't have to satisfy our needs and demands after all. still i won't be surprised to feel great amounts of love for their next release.

    26 Apr 12:12am Reply
  • thekillingspree

    I've already got a hold of most of Floor's discography, I will go through that shit like a motherfucker pretty soon, that is for sure! "Restarter" left a bad taste in my ears, so now I'm counting on Floor to make up for it. I like the poppier sound of Torche, and they do it just right, so maybe they should stick to it? I'm obviously referring to Harmonicraft, though I also enjoy all of their previous (and heavier) work.

    25 Apr 1:54pm Reply
  • eaurthlove

    haha, nice tactics, the killingspree) check floor s/t lp as well. that's where their sound started i guess. still torche felt quite different to me, kinda more expansive and uhmmmm evil (?) at times.

    25 Apr 10:33am Reply
  • thekillingspree

    So, I'm halfway through "Oblation" for the very first time and HOLY FUCK!! It totally blows "Restarter" to smithereens! What an album! Fuck "Restarter", I'm skipping that one and pretend that "Oblation" was Torche's latest album.

    24 Apr 7:30pm Reply
  • thekillingspree

    Will do, eaurthlove, thanks for the tip!

    24 Apr 6:00pm Reply
  • eaurthlove

    @thekillingspree, check Floor's most recent lp then. it's feels way better then sadly underwhelming restarter. btw used to say "torchEE" as well, kinda sad that the name is "torch" actually. loved that mexican vibe of the word "torche"

    23 Apr 3:56pm Reply
  • thekillingspree

    At ease, guys! I'm done spamming the shoutbox for today. Probably.

    22 Apr 7:30am Reply
  • thekillingspree

    @CloudGer: that's a question that's been haunting me since the days I've started listening to these guys. I always say "torch", anyway (I used to say "torch-ee" at first, but someone mocked me for doing so, so I guess I was saying it wrong).

    22 Apr 7:29am Reply
  • thekillingspree

    Coming here made me realize they'll be in my country for a show in a couple of weeks, but not close to (my) home as they've done in the past. It sucks not to be able to go see them live, but I assume they'll be showing off Restarter, so it's not that bad if I miss that particular show.

    22 Apr 7:28am Reply
  • thekillingspree

    @Coolbuttflame: (I like your nickname) Fair enough, since I've never listened to Floor, I'll take your word for it. But you said so yourself, it has more of another band's vibe than their own. I still really don't feel like listening to Restarter anymore (and I did give it another try). Oh well, there's always the next album/EP!

    22 Apr 7:26am Reply
  • gulizaah

    @CloudGer: [tɔː(ɹ)tʃ].

    20 Apr 2:35pm Reply
  • Baianolucas

    Great band, not as hardcore as A Day to Remember.

    8 Apr 10:30pm Reply
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