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CD review TORCHE "Restarter"

Veröffentlicht am 7. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Torche, Warrior Soul, Sludge, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, Stoner Rock, CD Review, News

(9/10) The history of Torche started in 2004 in Miami, Florida. Amazing fact in these days is the stable line-up. Only one change in ten years, guitarist Andrew Elstner joined the band in 2011 (replacing Juan Montoya), is more the exception than the rule nowadays. This fact  helped the band to create such a heavy and dense sound as it is on their new longplayer “Restarter”.

Let's downtune the guitars and start. "Annihilation affair" is the opener, coming with a really heavy guitar sound. It feels like you're running into a massiv wall of riffs. The counterpart to those powerful sounds are the vocals that are suprisingly melodic. When it comes to the vocals lines a was often reminded to bands like Warrior Soul especially in the real angry moments ("Bishop in arms"). But also tracks like the simple but intesive "Blasted" show some parallels with the early days of Kory Clarke and friends. It's a short song with a strong punk attitude that hits you right into your face. And what a bassline.  Wow.

Another song to mention is the slower "No servants" that sounds like the marriage of sludge and Helmet. And with "Believe it" things get even slower. Entering the fields of stoner rock the brutal riff and the booming bass makes you feel like being lost in the desert heat. Slow, mean and hot stuff.

The title track "Restarter" got the honour to be the bouncer on the album. The punch of this song is enormous too. The downtuned guitars together with merciless pushing bass doesn't give a moment of relaxation. It's more like being caught in an eight minutes long hurricane where there is no escape. The vocal parts of the song are OK, but the real joy start halfway when a massive instrumental inferno takes over and puts a spell on you. What an impressive ending of a really good album.

"Restarter" - go for it.





  1. Annihilation affair
  2. Bishop in arms
  3. Minions
  4. Loose men
  5. Undone
  6. Blasted
  7. No servants
  8. Believe it
  9. Barrier hammer
  10. Restarter


Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Sludge

CD review TORCHE "Restarter"

New video from TORCHE

Veröffentlicht am 31. Januar 2015 von Markus W. in Torche, Stoner Rock, Rock, Alternative Metal, Video, News, Sludge

Torche posted a new video for a song from the upcoming album "Restarter". The song is called "loose men', grooves like hell and will be on the new longplayer that will be released end of February via Relapse Records. Here you go:

New video from TORCHE