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Torche boasts members of Hydra Head alumni band Cavity as well as Floor. Call this the latest and greatest bomb-string stoner pop/thunder rock/doom pop classic from Torche mastermind Steve Brooks and his fellow hook heroes. Call it the sweetest, catchiest, hugest riff colossus since "Sky Valley". "A pure sludge bulldozer" - Spin. "At long last, we know what life would be like in a parallel universe where The Melvins became a pop sensation instead of Nirvana" - Revolver. Look for them at SXSW and on a full European tour. They've shared stages with Isis, Jesu, Baroness, and Mogwai, among others.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 8, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hydra Head Records
  • ASIN: B0013N4CLG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By durandal_1707 on May 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The problem with a lot of rock and punk music is that all-too-often there isn't enough backing the standard "catchiness" and energy to make it hold up over repeated listens. And especially for those of us headphone-listeners, such music seems flat and lacking texture.

For sludge/drone/"post"-metal (there's far too many names for this loose confederation of bands), the problem is very much the opposite. For all the carefully-crafted texture, soundscapes and melodies, time/signature changes and complex drum-work there isn't much of the music that is instantly accessible - no melodies that are easy to hum along with, no beats that are easy to tap out - and hence the genre toils in obscurity.

If only there was a band that could combine the strengths of both and hence eliminate their weaknesses... fortunately, TORCHE is to the rescue with their sophomore effort Meanderthal.

Writing almost radio-friendly rock songs and infusing them with the ponderous depth of post-metal and the energy (and brevity) of punk rock, Torche have found a groove that should resonate with a lot of people. This is music that you can play at parties or with a car-full of friends who have never heard of Isis or Pelican or Neurosis (I tried this experiment myself), but also music that you can take home and throw on the home stereo or headphones and also appreciate the details that Torche have ingrained into each one of their songs.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rifugium on July 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Meanderthal clocks in pretty short, with only one song surpassing the 5-minute mark, and several under the 3-minute mark, but it flows as easily as thirteen cheap beers through a funnel and does about as much damage. "Triumph of Venus" acts as a short, instrumental introduction to the album, but right from the start you can tell that nothing is going to be held back here. It's the topic sentence of the album, and lets you know right up front what's in store: fast-paced Sabbath-inspired tunes that blend the highs and lows of sludgy metal and stoner rock. Even if the vocals leave something to be desired, you get a good share of creative riffage and murky guitar solos throughout.

Meanderthal is a marked improvement over Torche's first album. The sound is cleaner and more refined, yet it still somehow contains the raw heaviness expected from this band. Like that crunch in the self-titled track; drop-F tuning, or whatever it is they did there. Overall, it's a happy brand of doom-laced sludge with a dash of pop, that instead of making you want to simply crawl in a hole and die, may make you want to pilot a hand-glider over a stretch of desert in the American southwest, and culminate the experience by slamming full speed into the side of a cliff, dying thusly. Recommended for fans of early Black Sabbath, Queens of the Stone Age, Isis, etc.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Douche Baggins on April 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Torche's follow up to their self-titled debut is a mighty monolith of pop melodies caked over-top a sludge powered rocket engine hurtling itself into the sun. This is some mighty, mighty, mighty awesome music, whatever your musical sensibilities may be, because, as opposed to other "doom metal" acts, the music Torche craft on this album retain a sense of happiness, like a blissful smile painted on the face of a person lost in a pair of headphones. The whole of this album has a huge potential for radio play, it is that accessible. As stated above, it seems similiar to the Foo Fighters at times, just vastly contorted, as if it were being transmitted from some rock radio station in a different dimension where stoners rule as the status quo.
My only complaints about this album are the sometimes haphazard transitions between songs, and it's meager length (I can't get enough, I fear that my copy will be ruined from being overplayed). Besides those relatively small gripes, Meanderthal is an excellent album that anyone who likes rock music at all will be able to appreciate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce K. on March 28, 2012
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I haven't heard a band that catches my attention like these guys do in a looooooooooooong time. I can't put it into words. This album is INCREDIBLE. This is easily one of the best albums, as a whole from start to finish, that I think I've ever heard. It's left a huge impact on me that's most likely not going to be topped any time soon. You should see them live, that's even more incredible. Caught them at Electric Factory in Philly with Coheed back in May 2010, I think it was? Anyway, damned shame they had next to no set time, but the brief time they did have to play was BY FAR the highlight of the entire show.

Long live Steve Brooks and Co., some of the most powerful and sensible songwriting I've heard in years. The world needs more bands like this, but there will only ever be one Torche...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By clearlight on May 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I cant believe how good this band and this album are. I havent even heard any of their other stuff yet, because I'm still letting "Meanderthal" sink in... but I CAN tell you that I saw them live last night and they were as good in person as they were on stage.

What a weirdly likeable band: in them you can hear Helmet, the Foo Fighters, standard metal, standard punk, and none of those things at the same time.

These guys deserve to be huge.

I'm a fan of this record, at the very least, for life.
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