Entries tagged with: Torche
by Andrew Sacher
Torche are a week away from releasing their new album and first for Relapse, Restarter, and they've now made the whole thing available to stream. It's an excellent record, their most consistently heavy release since 2007's In Return EP, and maybe their most psychedelic album to date. It's not void of hooks either though. Like most of Torche's best stuff, it's accessible enough for the rock fans but heavy enough for the metalheads, and both would be remiss not to check this out. Listen below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Janette Valentine
We're still about about a month away from the new Torche album, Restarter (due 2/24 via Relapse), and today we get its third single, "Loose Men," via Rolling Stone. Following the two four-plus minute sludgesters they've released so far, this one's a punk-paced ripper clocking in at under two and a half minutes. It's also got one of the most addictive riffs of any Torche song, and this is band with a lot of great riffs. Check it out below.
As mentioned, Torche are going on a tour with their labelmates Nothing, and since we last spoke Miami's Wrong (ex-Capsule, Kylesa) (not to be confused with the Wormed black metal side project of the same name) were added to that tour too. It hits NYC on March 26 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are still available.
Updated tour dates, and the new song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Torche at IO Northside 2014 at 285 Kent (more by Harriet Roberts)
As you may know, sludge popsters Torche are putting out their new album, Restarter, on February 24 via Relapse, and they've now announced a tour in support of it with their labelmates Nothing. (That's a great double bill.) The tour hits NYC on March 26 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are not on sale yet, but should be soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.
Torche have already released two songs from the new album, and if you haven't heard those yet you can check them out below. Nothing's most recent release is their split with their pals Whirr on Run for Cover, which has them sounding a bit more alternative rock-inspired than their shoegazey Guilty of Everything LP. Stream that split in full below too.
As always, there are tons of good metal and metal-related tours swinging through NYC and other one-off heavy shows happening here. We don't get around to posting all of them, so here's a roundup of some of the local heavy shows coming up that we're excited about:
Hellbent Hooker, who feature members of Ramming Speed and Mutilation Rites, play the Acheron TONIGHT (1/8) with support from Meth Valley and Mammal. When we first wrote about them, we said, "If you've never experienced the over-the-top spectacle that is Hellbent Hooker, you're in luck. Prepare for a gross-out session... in the best ways possible." Tickets for tonight are on sale.
On Sunday (1/11) at Saint Vitus, mathcore shredders Meek Is Murder team up with Vomit Fist, Aminals and Budd Dwyer. Tickets are on sale.
Brooklyn trio Mortals, who put out a great album on Relapse last year, were already announced to open the first night of Eyehategod's 2-night stand at Saint Vitus (tickets), and they've since added their own show happening soon after on February 15 at Acheron. The Black Antler and Nerve Shatter open. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
As a reminder, some previously discussed metal tours are about to hit NYC too. There's the unmissable High on Fire / Windhand double bill hitting Vitus on Friday (1/9) for two shows, but unfortunately both are sold out.
Watain at Irving Plaza in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Just a few days after that, you'll probably want to head to Webster Hall (2/28) where two death metal legends, Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse, bring their co-headlining tour. Aeon and Tribulation open. Tickets are still available.
March is stacked so far as well. Legendary Swedes Nifelheim are making a rare and very anticipated NYC appearance on March 15 at Saint Vitus with Ares Kingdom (ex-Order from Chaos), Slutvomit and Iron Force. Get tickets.
The following weekend gets pretty nuts. West Coast black metal greats Dispirit finally make their East Coast debut at Saint Vitus on March 20 and 22 with different sets and different openers each night (tickets). And right smack in the middle of those two shows, the killer Enslaved / Yob / Ecstatic Vision tour hits Gramercy Theater (3/21). You can still get tickets for that one too.
Looking forward a bit to the spring, Electric Wizard's first North American tour in over 10 years hits Webster Hall on April 2. That's unfortunately sold out, but you can try your luck on StubHub or something. This one's not to miss.
Only 10 days later, you may find yourself back at Webster Hall (4/12), where the At the Gates / Converge / Pallbearer / Vallenfyre tour will be blowing minds. Tickets for that one are still on sale.
Of course these are just a few options and there's always more. What else?
Oh, and in one last bit of non-show news, Torche recently dropped another ripper from their upcoming LP on Relapse. Stream it below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Janette Valentine
As discussed, Torche are releasing their new album Restarter on February 24 via Relapse (their first for the label), and they've now released its first single, "Minions." It's the kind of poppy sludge we've come to expect from Torche (or from Floor, frontman Steve Brooks' other band who put out a new album this year), and this one's on the band's slowed-down side. Check it out below.
As discussed, poppy sludgesters Torche have a new LP on the way and that's now been officially announced. It's called Restarter and will be out on February 24 via Relapse, their first LP for the label. That's the album artwork above.
Torche are also teaming up with fellow riffers Clutch for a winter/holidays tour that hits the NYC-area just before New Year's Eve at NJ's Starland Ballroom on December 29 (like Clutch did last year). Lionize are on those dates too. Tickets for the NJ show are on sale. All dates, including NYE in Clutch's hometown-area of DC, are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Matt Dayak
Pittsburgh's Broughton's Rules, whose lineup consists of current/former Don Caballero and Blunderbuss members, are set to release the followup to their 2010 debut this year. It's called Anechoic Horizon, was produced by Justin Pizzoferrato (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr) and is due November 11 via Relapse. The first single, "Umbra," is out now and like their debut (or Don Cab) it's instrumental rock that's part math, part post and a good listen if you're into this kind of stuff. Check that out below.
The band are currently on the road, opening for Torche on their tour, which hits PIttsburgh tonight (9/26) and storms into NYC this Saturday (9/27) at Saint Vitus. Also on that bill are Descender and Black Black Black. Tickets for that show are still available. If you're in Chicago, you can also catch their Halloween show with Marnie Stern.
All of their dates are listed, with the "Umbra" stream, below...
by Ian Chainey
Black Cobra at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Black Cobra are currently on tour with Lo-Pan, and they brought out some old jams last night (9/8) in Miami. Guitarist Jason Landrian reunited with his old Cavity bandmate Daniel Gorostiaga for two of that band's songs during the encore. According to the YouTube description, "This was a sight to behold. After Black Cobra ripped through their set, Daniel Gorostiaga joined them onstage to play two Cavity songs, "Crawling" and "Supercollider." All things considered, this is the closest thing we've had to a Cavity reunion in years." Gorostiaga and Landrian both played on Cavity's 2001 record On the Lam, the band's final album. You can check out the video from the show below.
Cavity's lineup at one point also included Steve Brooks and Juan Montoya, who later formed Floor and then Torche. Both of those bands are currently active. Floor put out a new LP and wrapped up a tour earlier this year, and Torche are planning on releasing an album in 2015 and will be touring sooner than that, hitting NYC on September 27 at Saint Vitus with Broughton's Rules (tickets).
The Black Cobra / Lo-Pan tour has plenty more dates coming up through October too, including a NYC show on September 18 at Saint Vitus with Kings Destroy and Godmaker, which Invisible Oranges is presenting (tickets). Then, on September 19, the two will play the second night of Uninvited Festival, an absolutely loaded event that will be particularly appealing to stoners.
Updated Black Cobra / Lo-Pan dates are listed, with the almost-reunion of Cavity and a full stream of On the Lam, below...
by Ian Chainey
Torche at IO Northside showcase in 2013 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Masters of hooky heft Torche are hitting the road in September for a North American tour before heading out to Australia in October. The trek will roll through cities such as Chicago, Pittsburgh, and, Atlanta. On September 27, the band will drop into NYC's Saint Vitus. Tickets and supporting slots will be announced soon. The full list of dates appears below.
Torche will have a new album on the way in 2015 via Relapse Records. Their relations have also been busy. Tilts are following up their June-released Cuatro Hombres with a demo collection that will be available in September and can be streamed in full below. And Floor still have copies of the fancy single Homegoings and Transitions, a song pulled from comeback effort Oblation that was released in April.
All of the dates along with streams from Torche, Tilts, and Floor appear below.
by Ian Chainey
St. Louis' Tilts, the sorta stonery/sorta power poppy/definitely rocking quartet featuring Andrew Elstner of Torche and Riddle of Steel, funded their second record through Kickstarter last month. Titled Cuatro Hombres, the album is set to be released through Robotic Empire on June 24. Rough tracks teased by the band definitely aren't hurting for riffs, sticking the landing within the Venn diagram that conjoins Queens of the Stone Age, Shiner, and a Yellow Pills compilation. Fans of Tilts' eponymous EP collection that greatly improved many 2012 summer days will no doubt be just as smitten with the new stuff.
To celebrate their sophomore status, Tilts will be hitting the road for select dates. On June 27, the tour gets rolling in Milwaukee, wraps up on July 2 in Atlanta, and hits Chicago, NYC and other places along the way. The NYC show happens at Cake Shop on June 30 with similar riff-smiths (though with a bluesier bent) The Brought Low and the slightly spacier Thursday/Rival Schools offshoot States and Kingdoms (P.S. please record, please). Tickets are $8 dollars at the door.
As for Torche, the sludge pop heavies are presumably still working on their next album to be released sometime this summer. In March, bassist Jonathan Nuñez said:
"The music is like what we do, along with Motörhead: very driving, very heavy on the toms, real pounding rhythm section, the guitars are just nonstop, but with a melodic twist. Then the vocals come in, and it's this whole Psychedelic Furs--and maybe Guided By Voices--phrasing. It's an exciting song. We were like, 'Whoa.' None of us saw that coming. I think that's what keeps us entertained."Whoa indeed. Guitarist/vocalist Steve Brooks just wrapped up his tour with Floor who are supporting their newest album, Oblation.
All of the dates appear below along with Tilts' unmastered version of "Touchdown", four tracks from their 2012 self-titled album, and videos of their future Cake Shop compatriots...
by Ian Chainey (and Jonathan Dick, Wyatt Marshall & Scab Casserole)
Cancer at Maryland Deathfest
The 12th annual Maryland Deathfest, not to be confused with Maryland Deathscape, wrapped on May 25, bringing an end to another headbanging blockbuster. Though there were unforeseen cancellations -- Mitochondrion and Aeternus encountered visa/boarder issues, Triptykon attended H.R. Giger's funeral service -- the fest was another success, providing a four-day-long release for lucky metalheads and those following them on Twitter.
In fact, half the fun for vicarious attendees was keeping tabs on the travel to and from Maryland. Jonathan Dick, making his first trip to MDF, wrote a hilarious dispatch for Invisible Oranges detailing his experience with an eccentric woman aboard one of his connecting flights.
It was the greatest flight in the history of US Airways thanks to a passenger who I can only refer to as 33C. She essentially brought everyone on board into her conversational dimension of pretzel descriptions, the inadequacy of Subway sandwiches, and genuine concerns over who was "driving" the plane.His trials were paid back in full by a Thursday bill at Ram's Head Live that focused on the slow and low. Seven Sisters of Sleep, Whitehorse, Sourvein, Torche, Coffins, and Crowbar all crushed. Crowbar's Kirk Windstein even delivered a kick (see video below). It was a great way to grease the fest wheels, but IO editor Scab Casserole sensed a void. "Everyone's psyched, but the consensus on yesterday was that Triptykon was truly supposed to be the gem of last night. Their absence was felt." More from Scab's memories will appear later on this week at Invisible Oranges.
MDF got rolling on Friday, splitting bands up on four different stages -- Edison Lot A, Edison Lot B, Rams Head Live, and Baltimore Soundstage. The set-up was an improvement, according to Scab. "The new lot is impressive. Expansive, and comprehensive stage-wise. But it's super-hot."
This day, the blackened acts garnered the greatest response, as social media was flooded with kudos for Mgla, Taake, and the two-man Bölzer. Scab later said, "Taake fucking OWNED it. They might have been the best band of yesterday." Wyatt agreed, "Many wondered if the Norwegian band would make it into the US -- it was fortunate for those who were there that they encountered smooth sailing."
Agalloch played a set beloved by most, though the sound was mentioned to be muddy. Better things should be in store when they hit the road with Jex Thoth in June.
But, the death metal one-two punch of Cancer followed by At the Gates was an undeniable pinnacle. It had been a bit since both acts played the States and fans weren't left disappointed. And, lucky us, At the Gates' singer Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg was down to shed light on the status of the new album. All systems GO!
Speaking of fans, the event brought out its share of oddballs. If you had time between sets, people-watching was an attraction. If a Slayer trampstamp didn't display dedication, windmilling while holding crutches was a sure sign of devotion. Of course, then there were the Symbolic speedos:
MDF recap, photos & video continued below...
by Doug Moore
Floor at MHOW, 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
If you've been watching this space for the past few months, you know that we're stoked about the upcoming Floor reunion album, Oblation. With Oblation's April 29 release date via Season of Mist fast approaching, the band have released a fourth pre-release single from the album (via the AV Club). We touched on the three previous singles "War Party," "Find Away" and "Sister Sophia."
Like its three predecessors, "Trick Scene" makes it clear that the new iteration of Floor is effectively a continuation of the sound established on their 2002 self-titled LP and continued briefly on the early recordings by main man Steve Brooks's other band, Torche. That may bum you out if the uglier sounds of 2004's Dove are your jam, but I'm digging the new stuff. Stream "Trick Scene" and the other three new Floor singles below and decide for yourself.
As previously mentioned, the band are also going on a North American tour in support of Oblation this May. The tour hits NYC at Saint Vitus on May 5. No supporting acts have been announced yet, but you can buy tickets now.
Stream those four singles and check out the full set of dates below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Floor at Saint Vitus, March 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
The reunited Floor has been generous with streaming tracks from their forthcoming LP, Oblation, due out April 29 on Season of Mist. True to form, the first two songs Floor let loose, "Find Away" and "War Party," are built on the bones of big, sludgy and melodic riffs. "Sister Sophia," streaming via AllMusic.com is no exception--it's a fun listen. Give it a whirl below.
Floor recently were interviewed by Converse x Decibel about the band's reunion and the new album -- check out the video below. The band will also be hitting the road soon, and a few dates have been revealed. No NYC show yet, but stay tuned and check out the current list of dates below
Meanwhile, frontman Steve Brooks' other band, Torche, recently played a one-off show at Saint Vitus -- did you go?
Tour dates are listed, along with video and song stream, below...
by Doug Moore
Floor at MHOW in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Reunited Floridian sludge-poppers Floor released the first single from their long-awaited new album, Oblation, a few weeks back. They've debuted another today, titled "Find Away" (via Terrorizer). Like its predecessor, "Find Away" doesn't offer much in the way of surprises if you're familiar with frontman Steve Brooks's work; it's built on a big, muscular riff that provides major-key context for Brooks's somnambulant singing. But Floor isn't really about crazy formal experimentation, so that should be no object. Listen for yourself below.
Brooks's other band Torche are playing a previously discussed one-off NYC show at Saint Vitus Wednesday night (2/26) (presented by Noisey). The show's sold out, but you lucky stiffs who scored tickets are in for a treat -- the current two-guitar incarnation of Torche is a far superior live force to the one-guitar iteration that toured between 2008 and 2011.
Stream both "Find Away" and previous single "War Party" below...
by Doug Moore
We mentioned a few weeks back that Floridian sludge-pop progenitors Floor had announced plans to release an album called Oblation, their first since 2004's Dove (and the first since they reunited for the long term last year) this coming April. The band have now debuted a song from the album -- titled "War Party," but not to be confused with the GWAR album -- via Stereogum.
If you're a fan of Floor's two early-'00s LPs and guitarist/vocalist Steve Brooks's work with his newer band Torche, you should have a pretty good idea of what to expect from this song: huge guitar sounds, hard-fought grooves, and major-key melodies. Kurt Ballou (of Converge, etc.) recorded this album, and its sound is characteristic of his work; his production balances clarity, grit, and bass-rich heft.
Stream "War Party" below...
Torche at IO Northside showcase in 2013 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Pre-Torche sludge popsters Floor have a new album on the way and just played a one-off at Saint Vitus last week (1/29), and if that isn't enough for you, TORCHE will now also play a one-off at Saint Vitus on February 26, presented by Noisey. Tickets are on sale now.
Watch a Torche video below...
by Doug Moore
Immolation @ Gramercy, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Maryland Deathfest lineup for 2014 grows ever spookier. The fest's organizers have taken advantage of Samhain to announce a whole string of new bands -- no huge names in this round, but there are a bunch of notables, including Castevet (who just played an IO-sponsored record release show), Sweden's Entrails and the hilarious Birdflesh, Germany's Necros Christos, Japan's Coffins, Canada's Mitochondrion, Austrialia's Whitehorse, plus local favorites Immolation, Incantation, and Mutilation Rites. That's a lot of -ations.
This announcement is extra noteworthy because it included venue details, which have been the subject of much speculation since the fest announced that it would not return to the former Sonar compound. The short version is that MDF 2014 will take place in three places: a parking lot a few blocks from Sonar, the Baltimore Soundstage (again), and the Rams Head Live. Here's the full announcement:
3 stages, including the 2 main stages, will be located at 545 N. High Street (Edison Parking lot), which is 1-2 blocks from the old location of Sonar. The setup at the Edison space will eliminate a variety of logistical problems and will ultimately lead to a better experience for you at MDF next year. This space has an approved capacity that is significantly higher than what we're used to, we can open the entrance 2 hours before the first band each day, we won't be getting in the way of the Farmers Market on Sunday, we don't have to close off streets, and once again, we will have MORE space. In addition to adding more shaded areas, there is already existing shade here, so if it gets hot, you won't be roasting on concrete all day. As far as parking goes, there is an enormous parking lot next to the space we're using that you'll be able to park at, and as always, metered parking is possible under the highway that everyone is familiar with from previous years.The parking lot in question was in use as an actual, y'know, parking lot at this year's festivities. Some of you undoubtedly drank beers out of a cooler there. The prospect of an mostly outdoor version of MDF makes me a little nervous, given the mid-Atlantic's rainy late spring, but we all survived last year, right?
On Thursday, bands will only be playing at Rams Head Live, located in the Power Plant Live! section of downtown Baltimore at 20 Market Pl. On Friday-Sunday, bands (death and black metal) will be playing at Rams Head Live between the hours of 10 pm - 2 am, (bands will conclude at the Edison parking space at 11 pm).
On Friday-Sunday, once again, we are doing a grind/hardcore/punk/crust stage at Baltimore Soundstage, located across the street from Rams Head Live at 124 Market pl. Unlike last year, bands will play here all day/night and there won't be any large gaps between bands.
Generally speaking, this setup was the most sensible solution for us, as it allows us to book a lot of bands, give bands respectable set lengths, eliminate many issues/concerns from last year, and keep the fest close to hotels and other downtown conveniences that everyone is used to.
As early as next week, we will break everything down so you know who is playing where. We will also announce more bands at that time. We still have a few up our sleeve for the main stages, but mostly, we're down to rounding out the Soundstage billing before being completely finished with booking.
Check out the full list of newly announced bands and the complete lineup to date below...
Hot Water Music at MHOW in January (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Hot Water Music will be playing a short run of Northeast holiday shows in December, bringing Torche and O'Brother along for the ride. Those dates include NYC at Webster Hall on December 14. They'll also be playing the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on December 12. Tickets for both those shows go on sale Friday (10/18) at noon, with a band presale starting Tuesday (10/15) at 10 AM. There is also an AmEx presale for the Webster Hall show starting Wednesday (10/16) at noon.
Drummer George Rebelo will be staying busy that month, as he'll also be playing with Bouncing Souls for their run of holiday shows at Asbury Park's The Stone Pony.
All Hot Water Music tour dates are listed, along with the poster for the shows, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Circle Takes the Square (photo by Danin Drahos)
As discussed, Gainesville's The Fest is returning this year from October 31 to November 3, and they've just expanded their lineup to include more artists. Additions includes post-hardcore/screamo giants Circle Takes The Square, who have been reunited for a bit but still only rarely play US shows; Geoff Rickly's United Nations, who are also back, but have not been as active as Geoff's solo project; punk vets ALL; Titus Andronicus (who have multiple NYC-area appearances coming up); Fake Problems and more.
Those recent additions join previously announced names like Torche, White Lung, Bouncing Souls, Ceremony, Braid, Paint It Black, Samiam, Knapsack (reunion), The Draft (reunion), The Menzingers, The Lawrence Arms, Hop Along, Code Orange Kids, Creative Adult, Pity Sex, Mean Jeans, Retox, Lemuria, Greys, Tenement, Tim Barry, Toys That Kill, The Night Marchers and more. Tickets for The Fest are on sale now.
Circle Takes The Square returned in December, 2012 with Decompositions Volume Number One, their first album of new material since reuniting and second overall. It's not the instant masterpiece that their 2004 debut, As the Roots Undo, is, but it's still damn good. Download it in its entirety at bandcamp (name your price) or stream it in its entirety, along with the updated The Fest lineup, below.
photos by Harriet Roberts and Keith Marlowe
Torche by Keith Marlowe
As discussed previously, Torche played the Invisible Oranges showcase during Northside Festival at 285 Kent on Friday (6/14). Backed by strong support from metallic Am-Rep lovers KEN Mode, blues-y riffers Lo-Pan and groove-leaning black metal badasses Inter Arma, the sold out show was a monster. More pictures from the IO showcase are in this post.
The IO show happened at basically the same time as Kylesa at Music Hall of Williamsburg , just a few blocks away and also part of the greater Northside Festival.
More 285 Kent pics are below.
photo by Caroline Harrison)
Torche @ 285 Kent, 6/14/2013
285 Kent has seen it's share of wildness over the years, but Friday night during Northside Festival was a different animal. Floridian bubblegum-sludge favorites Torche headlined the space along with KEN Mode, Lo-Pan and Inter Arma, one of only a handful of metal shows to grace the space (Pitchfork's Show No Mercy was another). More photos and video from the show are up at InvisibleOranges.
The show was one of two Inter Arma shows in Brooklyn, with the band also hitting Union Pool the next day as part of an Invisible Oranges event for Summer Thunder where they were joined by Anicon and Pyrrhon.
by Fred Pessaro
Inter Arma at IO-SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Limp Wrist. Torche. Kylesa. Contrast Attitude. Subhumans. Inter Arma. Mouth of the Architect. Does anything else need to be said about this weekend's massive lineup, Northside or otherwise?
We know my feelings on tonight's IO-presented Torche show (in a punk space!) and tomorrow's IO-presented FREE day show at Union Pool with Inter Arma, but tomorrow's Limp Wrist show with associated gay dance party afterword sounds absolutely unmissable, as does Sunday's more-punk-oriented Limp Wrist show at LPR.
For more suggested metal/hardcore/punk shows, head to our fancy new NYC Metal Calendar. It rules.
Torche at Saint Vitus, March 2013 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Torche are here, bringing their woofer-shaking doom-pop along with metallic noise-killers KEN Mode and stoner-y groove merchants Lo-Pan as part of a string of dates together. Inter Arma opens the show tonight at 285 Kent (6/14, tickets or Northside badge gets you in) and will play a second show tomorrow at Union Pool (6/15) as part of the FREE Summer Thunder series with Anicon and Pyrrhon.
Both shows are brought to you by InvisibleOranges, and you can win one of five pairs of tickets to 285 Kent. Details on how to win and related video are below
Weedeater at Maryland Deathfest 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
InvisibleOranges and BrooklynVegan are proud to present the Weedeater North American tour, which includes shows state to state throughout the summer (unfortunately no NYC, though). The band, who recently played Saint Vitus and Maryland Deathfest around Memorial Day, will share dates with ASG and Lo-Pan along the way. Full tour schedule is below.
Putting a bird in your ear: Torche 7" art
More sunny sludge from Torche, who have released the new track "Keep Up," which will be found on the fothcoming Volcom Entertainment Vinyl Club 7. Stream it below and look for the 7" to surface in physical form in July.
As mentioned, Torche will perform at 285 Kent on June 14 with Lo-Pan, KEN Mode and Inter Arma as part of an Invisible Oranges presented Northside showcase. Tickets are still available or you can try and get in with your Northside badge.