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Harmonicraft

TorcheVinyl
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Torche are a difficult band to describe in simple sound bytes. Over the past eight years this Miami, Florida-based rock act have toured with everyone from Mogwai to Circa Survive and Pelican to Big Business, however their sound doesn’t conform to any particular scene or subgenre. Instead the band—frontman Steve Brooks, bassist Jonathan Nuñez, drummer Rick Smith and new ... Read more in Amazon's Torche Store

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (April 24, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Volcom
  • ASIN: B007D2O7NY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Letting Go
2. Kicking
3. Walk It Off
4. Reverse Inverted
5. In Pieces
6. Snakes Are Charmed
7. Sky Trials
8. Roaming
9. Skin Moth
10. Kiss Me Dudely
11. Solitary Traveler
12. Harmonicraft
13. Looking On

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Product Description

The Harmonicraft LP is a single disc pressed on clear vinyl and packaged in a gatefold LP jacket showcasing the album art by Santos. In the second pocket is a Torche limited edition ''Lollipop'' slipmat taken from the artwork and an album digital download is also included.

Review

''Kicking'' -Best New Track ''(Harmonicraft) follows the 2010 mini album Songs for Singles, though it feels like the descendent of their stronger 2008 breakthrough Meanderthal. As ''Kicking'' suggests, despite the new lineup and imprint, vocalist/guitarist Steve Brooks' knack for sludgy pop anthems remains unchanged.'' --Pitchfork.com

''If the first single ''Kicking'' is any indication, it's going to be an absolute hellbeast of an LP. ''Kicking'' is the sort of hugely catchy bulldozer that nobody does quite like this band.'' --Stereogum.com

''If new song ''Kicking'' is any indication, Harmonicraft is the logical successor to Meanderthal, suggesting that perhaps it was a sonic difference that prompted the band to separate Songs for Singles from their full-lengths with a different album format designation. This song is why you love Torche, and it's all here: fuzzed out stoner bass, spacey, glimmery guitars, soaring major key choruses and Steve Brooks' unmistakable voice.'' --Metal Sucks.com

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect pop for metal people June 8, 2012
Format:Audio CD
why this band isn't huge is a mystery. Perhaps the catchiest, most melodic band to surface in the last ten years - with the bonus of riffs that blast cracks in your skull. Steve Brooks is David Lee Roth crossed with Jack Black - fronting a relentlessly vicious groove not experienced since, well, since Van Halen. If you have the time, check out Tilts. Same thing. Same riffage.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Torche's Best January 15, 2013
By Francis
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I wasn't sure Torche could top Meanderthal, but, then again, why did I ever doubt this merry band of poppy doom metal professors? Meanderthal, while amazing, seems slight and short compared to Harmonicraft. Each and every song on Harmonicraft is excellent, and nary a few seconds pass by without another hook cramming itself into your mind. Torche is the catchiest truly heavy band of all time, and Harmonicraft is their signature statement to date. "Kicking" is the best Torche song yet, a perfect summer metal anthem. "In Pieces" shows off some Houdini and Stoner Witch era Melvins influences to great effect. Back to back burners "Snakes Are Charmed" and "Sky Trials" sound like High On Fire performing in neon bathing suits at a beach bar under palm trees (ok, not a pleasant mental image if you've seen Matt Pike shirtless lately, but it's a decent METAL comparison, musically speaking). Let's not forget that all these songs are short as hell, by and large. But before you know it, you can't stop humming the main riff to a song that's 1:18 long. File under "heavy metal songwriting genius."

Steve Brooks absolutely kills the vocals on this record. His voice soars and his choruses are deadly - "Kicking" and "Roaming" and "Kiss Me Dudely" just cannot be removed from the brain once listened to. The end of the record, while as perfect as the rest of it, also happens to be very encouraging. The achingly gorgeous shoegaze of "Solitary Traveler" (again, so short, yet packs so much punch) and the deft krautrock nods in the instrumental title track show that this band isn't set on one thing, and will continue to grow and refine their sound.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HEAVY pop HOOKS April 29, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Saw these guys on tour with Kylesa and High on Fire a few years ago and liked "Meanderthal" so I figured I had to pick this one up, especially after the pre release taster "Kicking" dug it's riff claws so deep inside me. Normally when that happens I am somewhat disappointed with the rest of the album but this thing slays and punishes from beginning to end and you can almost hum along to it. No let up from start to finish or weak moments. Very catchy and HEAVY, not an easy combination to pull off. Been playing this daily since I got it. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great musicians January 23, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First, kudos to the sound engineers. This album sounds fantastic. Second, even though the musicianship throughout is great, the drumming is a standout. GREAT DRUMMER. The songs are catchy. I find myself listening to this CD more than any other at the moment. If you like metal you will love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Random purchase April 13, 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I bought this album randomly from my local shop, but I loved it so much I wanted a backup copy to archive. It comes with a digital download of the full album,and a slip mat (awesome) plus the album itself is pressed on clear vinyl. Super Cool!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerpoprockmetal February 20, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What a delight this Torche cd! Harmonics and craft indeed. Clever songs, fast, heavy, catchy. Best rock cd of 2012.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice change of pace December 12, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I'm a big fan of sludge metal and this band (and especially this album!) does a great job of adding something new: a bit of joy. It's upbeat while still having some great heavy riffs. I'd recommend this to just about anyone whose a fan of rock or metal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars! Fantastic Progression April 24, 2012
Format:Audio CD
All is sunny and vibrant in Torche-land apparently and it shows in their newest l.p. Harmonicraft. Never have I been so amazed with an album cover matching it's sonic counterpart more, than the Lewis Carrol meets Care Bears cover art, making sweet sweet love with this blasted piece of punky-pop-sludge-bliss. While older Torche fans may wallow in sorrow over departure of fellow founding lead-guitarist Juan Montoya, one must observe the subtle reality that is, Steve Brooks IS Torche!!! No if's ands or buts about that. And Harmonicraft proves the rule and sometimes the exception to the rule. Very rarely, the skilled psychedelic touch of Montoya is missed and would provide crucial shred to the proceedings. Mostly however, this is a Torche album that stands on it's own as a different, albeit pleasant, beast! The light air that bounces these songs around is also mixed with that trademarked sludgey, downtuned guitar, that make Torche so much more than the sum of their parts. While older albums are still tops in my book, I won't overlook the merit in what is without a doubt, the most diverse, and well written album they've ever produced. Love it or leave it, I'm cool right here!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hells yeah!
Published 11 days ago by John Kneip
4.0 out of 5 stars Super catchy and metal at the same time!
Fuzz, fuzz, fuzz, riffs, and pop sensibility, in a Nirvana kind of way. Torche have made a happy go lucky metal album without being cheesy, or radio-friendly (because radio... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable marriage of pop and metal
I started with Floor's "Oblation", which is heavier than a truck full of black holes. Yet, Steve Brooks sings and makes it unusually captivating. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Scott Hedegard
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, if not great pop-sludge album
To make a good pop metal album, one needs to have both strong, accessible hooks and exceptional songwriting. Read more
Published 18 months ago by A. Stutheit
3.0 out of 5 stars Add some tracks to your work out play list
Up beat, sing along I would call it pop metal. Non offensive. Catchy. I'm sure there's a hundred other bands out there that sound like this, I just don't know the names of them.
Published 19 months ago by Random Dude
4.0 out of 5 stars Barbed yet saccharine
Classified as metal, but I'd consider it more on the heavy side of power pop. Sludgy riffs without being too sludgy and lots of guitar earworms. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Daniel Caffrey
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Top 10 Albums of 2012
Arguably the stupidest genre name of all-time is sludge metal. I don't even know what that means. Torche's album HARMONICRAFT is supposed to be sludge metal, but to me it just... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jason Wendleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Torche crushes it
Torche hids it out of the park on this album. There's tons of heavy rock bands that just go out and make noise, and once in a while a song emerges. Read more
Published on September 25, 2012 by DAG
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