Welcome Back: Torche
Torche are back and more fuzzy and thunderous than ever.
The urge to categorise our music into nice, easy-to-understand compartments can be hard for metal fans to resist. Sometimes, however, we have to admit defeat and accept that some bands fall outside convenient definitions. Like Mastodon or Baroness, Torche may broadly have come out of the sludge bracket, but their own style is too intentionally idiosyncratic for that definition to suffice.
In Torche’s case, it’s best just to skip the labels (although their own “thunderpop” description is fairly apt). They certainly do, and it gives them a creative freedom more generic bands do not allow themselves.