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Stream Whatever Nevermind: A Tribute To Nirvana’s Nevermind

Robotic Empire has put together a second Nirvana tribute album for Record Store Day. The first one was released for last year’s RSD, and had various artists covering the entirety of In Utero. This year’s edition sees them tackling Nevermind with the cleverly titled Whatever Nevermind. Torche does “In Bloom,” Nothing does “Something In TheMore »

By: James Rettig / April 18, 2015 - 10:46 am

Torche – “Annihilation Affair” Video

Torche’s latest album, Restarter, is a chugging beast. It’s “darker, heavier, and moodier” than a lot of their previous work, as bassist Jonathan Nuñez told us last month. And as the album’s leadoff track, “Annihilation Affair” begins the entire experience in a cloud of dust gargantuan enough to soundtrack a post-apocalyptic hellscape. That’s exactly what… More »

By: Patrick Hosken / March 26, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Stream Torche Restarter

The Florida band Torche have found a home in the metal underground, but “metal,” at least in its current definition, isn’t really an adequate term to describe what they do. Instead, Torche stack huge choruses on top of huge riffs, working up a mountainous sound that’s absolutely overwhelming if you listen to it loud enough. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 16, 2015 - 11:00 am

Q&A: Torche On Sci-Fi Sounds And Feel-Good Metal + “Restarter” (Stereogum Premiere)

For the past decade, Torche have confounded listeners while delighting them at the same time. Are they metal? Pop? Punk? Pop metal? Does it even matter? While several members of Torche have said publicly that they don’t consider themselves a metal band, their roster of former touring partners indicates that some very reputable musicians consider… More »

By: Justin M. Norton / February 11, 2015 - 11:01 am

Torche – “Loose Men”

“Loose Men” is a pretty hilarious thing to name a song when your band’s frontman is one of the few openly gay men in underground metal. Florida fuzz-metal asskickers Torche are back next month with the new album Restarter, and early songs “Minions” and “Annihilation Affair” are both the sort of things you want to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 26, 2015 - 12:25 pm

Torche – “Annihilation Affair”

The Miami metal band Torche will return next month with Restarter, another album of towering melodic anthems. If you’ve heard any of their previous albums of towering melodic anthems, you know that this is a great thing. We’ve already heard first single “Minions,” and it fucking rules. And now we get to hear “Annihilation Affair,”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 5, 2015 - 9:52 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

On Tuesday we posted our 70 Favorite Songs Of 2014, but technically, 2014 isn’t over yet. (Yes, it’s true!) This week brought some real good songs, three of them from some heavy hitters who might have made a run at the big list if they’d arrived in time, or if we’d waited for them to… More »

By: Stereogum / December 12, 2014 - 6:17 pm

Torche – “Minions”

Harmonicraft, the last album from the kickass melodic Florida riff-metal band Torche, was a total triumph. It’s nearly three years old now, but the band will follow it up with a new album called Restarter early next year. Torche have yet to release a less-than-awesome album, so this is good news indeed. Torche recorded RestarterMore »

By: Tom Breihan / December 8, 2014 - 11:18 am

Floor – “War Party” (Stereogum Premiere)

Tampa stoner-metal trio Floor was formed in 1992 by guitarist/vocalist Steve Brooks, guitarist/bassist Anthony Vialon, and drummer Betty Monteavaro. A year later, Monteavaro was replaced by Jeff Sousa, after which Floor released a handful of EPs and splits before breaking up in 1996, as much a legend as a band. But Floor re-formed the following… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 11, 2014 - 10:06 am

Torche – “Leather Feather”

The new Torche 7″ drops this week via Volcom, just 10 days after the band wrapped up a monthlong North American tour, and four days prior to them heading out for a two-month trek across mainland Europe and the UK. We heard its A-side, “Keep Up,” back in May, and now, we’ve got the flip. More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 1, 2013 - 3:55 pm

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2013

May has been a pretty intense month around here. Memorial Day Weekend brought Maryland Death Fest to Baltimore, and attendance was mandatory for any metalhead who wanted to keep his cred pass. (Absences were excused in cases of need; acceptable excuses included: unavoidable domestic or professional demands; financial concerns; injury; disability; agoraphobia; and/or inability to… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 31, 2013 - 2:06 pm

Sasquatch! 2013 Sunday: Killer Mike, Grimes, Earl Sweatshirt, & More

If Friday and Saturday felt a little lite in the hip-hop department, Sunday was like an all you can eat buffet. I indulged quite a bit, but before the hip-hop marathon started, Sunday may have had the best start of the weekend with Deep Sea Diver’s early 2pm set. You may not have heard of… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 27, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Torche – “Keep Up”

Torche’s last full-length outing, 2012’s Harmonicraft, was an absolute beast, but since then, they’ve stepped up their game yet another level on 7-inch one-offs like the fucking ridiculous “Harmonslaught” and now “Keep Up.” The new track is Torche at their stoner-metal smoothest: all beach grooves and waxed-to-a-shine guitars. The single is being released via Volcom… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 14, 2013 - 3:37 pm

Torche – “Harmonslaught”

With Harmonicraft, Torche made one of the year’s best albums — had it not been on Stereogum’s Top 50, where it plainly deserved to be, it absolutely would have been included on our list of the year’s best metal albums, where … maybe it didn’t deserve to be? I certainly would have given it high… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 13, 2012 - 2:51 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This was an amazing week for videos, but not a great week for videos with anything in common with each other. Here’s the only narrative I thread I can pull from the five videos below: Two of them are inspirational sports stories, though that’s really all they have in common. So: Olympics? We’ll go with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 27, 2012 - 3:56 pm

Torche – “Kicking” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Torche are simply not the sort of metal band to put magical elves and ogres in their music videos. So when the glowy-eyed beasties do show up in their new clip for the soaringly catchy dude-metal anthem “Kicking,” it helps to know that they’re hallucinations that come from a head injury at an uproariously awkward… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 24, 2012 - 9:39 am

Stereogum Monthly Mix: April 2012

It’s the last week of April, and so it is time for a look back at the month’s best free MP3s that also happen to work well as a single, sequenced mix. This zip file finds the common ground between Purity Ring and ASAP Rocky, has a heart of new wave compliments of Psychobuildings and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 27, 2012 - 11:18 am

Progress Report: Torche

Name: Torche
Progress Report: Steve Brooks talks about the band’s new album Harmonicraft.

Sludge-pop metalheads Torche are having a busy 2012. Not only did the band make waves by having a bat pee in their guitarist’s eye a few weeks ago, they also released an excellent new single called “Kicking” and are… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / April 24, 2012 - 3:46 pm

Album Of The Week: Torche Harmonicraft

The underground metal landscape is a rocky and striated one, full of sub-sections and micro-scenes, so it’s hard to make any sweeping generalizations about it. But here’s one: Over the last 20 years or so, underground metal as a whole has become less and less hospitable to any concept of metal, which makes the Miami… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 24, 2012 - 11:23 am

Torche – “Reverse Inverted”

The great Floridian riff-rockers Torche will release their new album Harmonicraft later this month, and it absolutely slays. We’ve already posted the great leadoff track “Kicking.” And today, we’ve got another one: A triumphant, heaving sludge-beats of a song called “Reverse Inverted.” Download it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 10, 2012 - 9:34 am
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