Torche – Harmonicraft

Today we have the album ‘Harmonicraft’ by ‘Torche’ reviewed by our resident reviewer Mohammad Kabeer.

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Tracklist:

  1. “Letting Go” – 2:03
  2. “Kicking” – 2:35
  3. “Walk it Off” – 1:25
  4. “Reverse Inverted” – 3:50
  5. “In Pieces” – 3:09
  6. “Snakes Are Charmed” – 3:14
  7. “Sky Trials” – 1:18
  8. “Roaming” – 3:20
  9. “Skin Moth” – 3:18
  10. “Kiss Me Dudely” – 1:48
  11. “Solitary Traveler” – 2:48
  12. “Harmonicraft” – 3:15
  13. “Looking On” – 6:40

Modern Sludge has never really   been something interesting for me, while most bands sound like Mastodon clones  the others like Baroness and Kylesa are nice  but somehow don’t really quite  catch   my fancy.  Torche is definitely an exception to this rule, I was very much impressed with their last album Meanderthal. They  had a very  unique take  on the genre  which   made  their sound quite fresh,  I was eagerly  awaiting  their new album to see if they would bring something new to their already distinctive sound,  and I found  out  eventually that it was quite a handful.

Torche is  a four piece from Miami, Florida consisting of Steve Brooks(Guitars/Vocals), Jonathan Nuñez(bass),Rick Smith(drums) and Andrew Elstner(guitar,vocals). The band’s sound in general  can be described as mixture of  hard alternative rock   with  modern sludge metal , and this is something that is prevalent  here as well as the band mixes warm, mildly distorted  hard rock  guitar work   which also includes  some really dramatic wails which can be heard in  the tracks “Letting go”  and “Reverse Inverted”   with the more  high  gain  groovy almost fuzzy  distortion  that you  hear from most  modern sludge bands today,  so basically  what you get is  hard rock played with sludge metal sensibilities, which  is  honest  simple and takes me  back to  the age of the Smashing Pumpkins  when bands were rocking hard , making music  that was fast, loud  yet very positive, uplifting and really  fun to jump around,  unlike  today  where  hard rock is pretty much dead  and   if you want to listen to something like that then there is only sinister Metal or  gritty Hardcore.

In that respect  I think Torche are a breath of fresh air ,  and this  album  only  adds to this as there a lot of  diversity in both  the mood and tempo  and genre of the songs. You have songs  like Kicking, Kiss Me Dudley  and  Roaming ,Snakes are Charmed and  Sky Trials which are  pretty uplifting  and  are  definitely the faster songs  in the album with the exception of Snakes are Charmed,  which btw   has  elements of synthpop (surprising isn’t it?)  while songs like Reverse Inverted , Solitary traveler  and  Looking on  are some of the slower tracks on this album ,In fact Solitary traveler  is a pretty deep serious  ballad, probably one of the most deepest songs the band has done and Looking on is also  a complete departure  from the bands  sound as it goes into  doom territory.

Overall I would say that this is  a  much  more  balanced album having songs that vary between different moods and  tempos  and   further improves their already  well crafted, definietely worth a listen.

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