There's heavy metal, and then there's Torche. The band's sound is often described as sludge metal, or stoner metal … and they've been awfully busy putting the finishing touches on their fourth full-length studio album. And in case you're wondering, it's likely to be 'heavier than ever.'
Torche formed a decade ago and has three prior studio albums, four EPs, two split albums and three singles under its belt. With Steve Brooks, Juan Montoya, Jonathan Nunez and Rick Smith playing together, they mastered a hard-hitting sound that blew up their fanbase worldwide. Of course it helped that they landed spots on tour with the likes of Mogwai, Pelican, Isis, Black Cobra, Boris, Harvey Milk, High on Fire and so many others. Still, Torche has managed to run with its success and shows no signs of slowing down.
It was the band's second album, "Meanderthal," that brought them widespread critical acclaim. It made Decibel Magazine's Top 40 Extreme Albums of 2008 list, charting at the very top of the list, and garnered a rating of 8.2 out of 10 on Pitchfork Media. The success wasn't dampened by news of Montoya leaving the bnad later that year, and they operated as a three-man outfit while headlining a tour alongside Circa Survive. On January 14, 2011, it was announced that Andrew Elstner (of Riddle of Steel) would be joining Torche.
The band was hoping for a summer release of its latest album, but may still be eyeing early fall. In the meantime, they recently celebrated turning a decade old with a show at Churchhill's Pub alongside openers Haochi Waves, Watelands and Bruiser.
Metallers Torche Announces New Album, Tour Dates
Sludge metal band Torche is all set to release their fourth studio album, Restarter, on February 24 via Relapse Records. In an interview with Rolling Stone conducted earlier this year, bassist Jonathan Nuñez said that the album will include “heavy, melodic crushers…and heavy ‘80s pop song vibes.” To commemorate the occasion, Torche is hitting the…Read more
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