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Torche – Restarter Album Review | Gavin Brown

February 27, 2015




This is the fourth album from Miamis eclectic metal heavyweights Torche and continues in the rich vein of form from 2012s Harmonicraft.

Opening track Annihilation Affair starts with the crashing drums and sludgy fuzzed out guitars that the band are renowned for. Slow paced vocals from Steve Brooks lead up to a crescendo at the end of the song.

 The quick paced Bishops In Arms flies straight into the slower paced but driving first single Minions complete with catchy guitar work and epic and chant along chorus that defies your head not to nod.

 Loose Men changes to a quicker style with killer riffs and a solo from Brooks and Andrew Elstner with the rhythm section of Rick Smith (drums) and Jonathan Nunez (bass and who also produced the album) working well together and this is especially evident on the next two tracks Undone and Blasted.

No Servants brings it back with a slower, more crushing vibe reminiscent of Kyuss (which is high praise!) while Believe It turns up the sludgy guitars which seem to creep through the song and raise it to a triumphant conclusion complete with fade out.

Restarter ends with the trippy  Barrier Hammer and the title track which is the longest song and ends with a truly hypnotic outro and is a fitting way to end a brilliant album.

 Combining metal riffs and pounding drum beats combined with a flowing pop sensibilty are what Torche do best and Restarter sees them going from strength to strength and even though the album is quite short at under 40 minutes, it begs to be played again as soon as is ends.

One of the years best so far and not to be missed when they tour the UK in May.


Restarter track list:

Annihilation Affair
Bishop in Arms
Loose Men
No Servants
Believe It
Barrier Hammer

EU Tour dates:
May 02             Leipzig, DE                   Taubchental
May 03             Wroclaw, PL                  Asymmetry Festival
May 04             Prague, CZ                   007
May 05             Munich, DE                   Ampere
May 06             Milan, IT                        Lo Fi Club
May 08             Barcelona, SP               Rocksound
May 09             Madrid, SP                   Boute Live!
May 10             Lisbon, PT                    Musicbox
May 11             Bilbao, SP                    Kafe Antzokia
May 13             Zurich, SZ                     Dynamo
May 14             Wiesbaden, DE             Schlachthof
May 15             Cologne, DE                 Underground
May 16             Berlin, DE                     Bi Nuu
May 17             Hamburg, DE                Hafenklang
May 18             Nijmegen, NL                Merelyn
May 19             Haarlem, NL                  Patronaat
May 20             Paris, FR                      Glazart
May 21             Antwerp, BE                  Kavka
May 22             London, UK                  Underworld
May 23             Leeds,UK                      Belgrave Social Club
May 24             Galway, IR                    Roisin Dubh
May 25             Cork, IR                         Crane Lane
May 26             Dublin, IR                      Grand Social
May 27             Belfast, IR                     The Limelight
May 28             Glasgow, UK                 CCA
May 29             Manchester, UK             Sound Control
May 30             Bristol, UK                    Temples Festival (2105)
May 31             Nimes, FR                     This is Not a Love Song
Jun 01              Nantes, FR                    Le Ferrailleur

Restarter is out now and available on CD/LP/Deluxe 2xLP/Cassette/Digital via  Bandcamp and Relapse.

Words: Gavin Brown

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