Torche’s latest release has all of the classic style we’ve come to expect from the band: complicated riffs, ferocious drums and thought-provoking lyrics. Listen to the newest track from Restarter right here.
Fans are about to get a new album from sludge metal giants Torche this month, and in anticipation of their newest fourth full-length album, the band has released a new track “Bishop In Arms.”
The song blisters through a driving guitar riff right out of the gate. Singer and guitarist Steve Brooks lends an almost ethereal vocal style to the song’s intro. “Bishop In Arms” has a push-and-pull dynamic, with the crushing fervor of the music clashing against the sweeter vocals.
Drummer Rick Smith never pauses for a moment, keeping the beat with a thunderous and intricate flare. He serves as the backbone for Brooks’ and Andrew Elstner’s chugging guitar parts. You don’t find studio trickery or over-produced ideas on this song. Instead, you get straightforward stoner rock that hails simple riffs and mind-blowing lyrics over gimmicks. Torche stays on a riff and rides it through to the end. Repetition and tight chords are the cornerstone of their sludgy style.
Fans can expect to find the band’s newest album in stores on February 24. Restarter is the band’s first new release since 2012’s Harmonicraft. Take a listen to Torche’s first single released from this upcoming record “Annihilation Affair” right here.
Forming in 2004, the band has released four EPs and two split albums alongside their three full-length studio recordings. They say they have never considered themselves a metal band, preferring to stay away from labels to fully develop their sound on each record. Bassist and producer Jonathan Nuñez has said that Restarter will be the band’s hardest-hitting record to-date, so fans can expect to hear the same riff-driven songs from Harmonicraft, but with a heavier feel.
Take a listen to “Bishop In Arms” below, and keep up with the latest Torche news as they release new tracks from their much-anticipated release coming up this month.
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