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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 »

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 »

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 »

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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…
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…
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…
Tom Breihan | February 16, 2015 - 11:00 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…
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…
Tom Breihan | January 5, 2015 - 9:52 am

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…
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…
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…
Michael Nelson | July 1, 2013 - 3:55 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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
Tom Breihan | April 10, 2012 - 9:34 am