| Miami purveyors of hard rock, TORCHE, have announced the release of their 3rd LP, Harmonicraft, today. The band self-produced the album in hometown studio, Pinecrust, and delivered the finished recordings to Kurt Ballou of Converge for mixing. Look for the new album to be released on Volcom Entertainment on April 24th. TORCHE premiered the soaring first single from Harmonicraft via Pitchfork (see track debut February 14).
Led by vocalist/guitarist Steve Brooks (formerly of doom dropouts, Floor), Jonathan Nuñez and Rick Smith (also members of the grindcore outfit, Shitstorm) and new guitarist, Andrew Elstner, (former vocalist/guitarist for St. Louis’ Riddle of Steel), TORCHE have been steamrolling the underground-metal scene since their 2004 inception and made big waves in 2008 with the release of Meanderthal, their second full-length album. Winning accolades from both the underground metal scene that had been the band’s main support up until then as well as a whole new crop of fans who were just taking notice for the first time; the mainstream indie rock community. With outlets like Pitchfork, Spin, Paste and Stereogum piling praise upon the band for their super heavy yet totally accessible brand of melodic metal, TORCHE soon found themselves on top of the underground metal heap, not to mention plenty of Year-End lists, most notably grabbing the #1 spot on Decibel Magazine’s Top 40 Albums of 2008.
TORCHE will preview new songs from Harmonicraft during their run of tour dates with metal legends, Corrosion of Conformity, and label-mates, Valient Thorr.
TORCHE Tour Dates:
Mar. 01 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre*
Mar. 02 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar*
Mar. 03 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre*
Mar. 05 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop*
Mar. 06 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme*
Mar. 07 – Chicago, IL – Double Door*
Mar. 08 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club*
Mar. 09 – Kansas City, MO – Beaumont Club*
Mar. 10 – Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music Hall*
Mar. 11 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone Café*
Mar. 12 – Dallas, TX – Trees*
Mar. 13-17 – Austin, TX – SXSW*
Jun. 8 – Long Beach, CA – Ink N Iron Festival
*w/ Valient Thorr and Corrosion of Conformity
“an absolutely killer rock record– one that’s likely to appeal to listeners into any stripe of heavy music from the past 20 years..” – Pitchfork
“Torche are a band who don’t write songs like anyone else… it won’t be surprising if in 15 years some young band on stage starts playing a riff from Meanderthal and the crowd goes nuts.” – Decibel Magazine
“Maybe it’s the bunker-thick wall of sludge, maybe it’s the doomy undertow, or maybe it’s the hair-farming guitar whiz and gay frontman (peace to Judas Priest), but Torche aren’t really a metal band, certainly not the pleasureless Ozzfest kind, not with riffs this gloriously anthemic.” – Spin