Torche Songs Ranked

Torche is an American heavy metal band from Miami, Florida. The group formed in 2004 and has released five full-length studio albums, four EPs, two split albums, and three singles. They released their fifth full-length studio album, Admission, on July 12, 2019. The group was formed in 2004 by Steve Brooks (ex-Floor), Juan Montoya (ex-Floor, ex-Cavity, ex-Ed Matus Struggle), Jonathan Nuñez, and Rick Smith (who also played in the grindcore bands Shitstorm, Tyranny of Shaw, Adore Miridia, the screamo band Tunes for Bears to Dance To, and punk band Post-Teens). 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, Clutch, Black Cobra, Baroness, Jesu, The Sword, Coheed and Cambria, Stinking Lizaveta, Harvey Milk, Boris, and High on Fire. 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. Here are all of Torche’s songs ranked.

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10. Triumph of Venus (Meanderthal, 2008)

“”Triumph of Venus” acts as a short, instrumental introduction to the album, but right from the start you can tell that nothing is going to be held back here. It’s the topic sentence of the album, and lets you know right up front what’s in store: fast-paced Sabbath-inspired tunes that blend the highs and lows of sludgy metal and stoner rock.”

9. Healer (Meanderthal, 2008)

“The progression of chords and the tempo are very similar. Healer is a lot faster and smoother sounding though, obviously.”

8. Snakes Are Charmed (Harmonicraft, 2012)

“The backbone of “Snakes are charmed” is that snarky riff at the beginning, which I personally don’t think founding a song upon is justified, especially if you’re in a genre that prides itself upon that.”

Torche: Harmonicraft Album Review | Pitchfork

7. Walk It Off (Harmonicraft, 2012)

“A very solid outing for Torche though not one to break down certain barriers that their previous work did. With that said however, “Harmonicraft” remains a fun record that rarely lets down the pace and wall of noise to great effect.”

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6. Blasted (Restarter, 2015)

“Torche occupy a musical space that somehow manages to deftly merge ultra heavy guitars and huge beats with a pop sensibility lacking in far too many heavy bands out there today. Guitarist/vocalist and primary writer Steve Rogers also does work with the cult favorite Floor, which is even heavier and much more dense, if such a thing is possible”

5. Reverse Inverted (Harmonicraft, 2012)

“Torche hids it out of the park on this album. There’s tons of heavy rock bands that just go out and make noise, and once in a while a song emerges. Torche puts their heart into each song. The album chugs along without sounding like it’s repeating itself. A mix of different influences can sometimes be overbearing in an album when the artists don’t know how to craft them together”

Torche: Restarter Album Review | Pitchfork

4. Across the Shields (Meanderthal, 2008)

“The album’s best tracks, though, mix together the best of every world. Take “Across The Shields,” for example, as it merges epic melodic leads with brisk, buzzsaw-fast riffing, and drops in a few Crowbar-like pure doom power chords just for good measure.”

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3. Kicking (Harmonicraft, 2012)

“Heavy, dynamic and full of energy, Torche’s “Harmonicraft” represents possibly one of the best albums, if not the best of 2012. These guys have crafted a series of 13 short yet intensely complex tracks that work together into an amazing album. Each song is deftly executed with intensity and originality. Both face melting speed and slow thundering storms are offered here, each one is more oustanding and exciting than the next.”

2. Annihilation Affair (Restarter, 2015)

“Torche have a unique penchant for conflating melody with mayhem, and the rare ability of making it work convincingly. They are noisy and extremely loud, yet they simultaneously transcend that noise with melody”

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1. Minions (Restarter, 2015)

“Every song on Restarter packs a massive, galvanizing punch to the chest, and then proceeds to just pummel away until completion. By the end, I’m breathless and exhausted, yet also totally exhilarated and fusing with energy. Their distortion is, of course, thickly delicious to a profound degree, and so deeply satisfying when blasted at full volume.”