2015 Honorable Mention Pick 14

Torche: Restarter (Relapse, 2015).

First off, these guys sport an awesome heavy music sound.  Ridiculous slabs of guitar fuzz envelop you and assault you at the same time.  Righteous.  Also a very hot drum sound — powerful, not cheesy, driving, all the good things in life.

The vocal vibe with these guys tends to be on the stony faded side.  Less rather than more, a bit back, no machismo just a disconnected voice maybe with a tad of phase on it.

I don’t like this record as much as I loved the 2012 record Harmonicraft.  I found that record to be a perfect blend of hook and wallop to the dome.  This record is more noisy and less hooky but it’s a solid ass effort.  Don’t sleep on Harmonicraft.

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