Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Some new music I wanted to share with you all
Torche - Meanderthal
(2008 - Hydra Head)
I guess not to many people are quite on the Torche wagon just yet, so let me do what I can to help change that. If you haven't heard these guys past releases, trust me when I say, you MUST check them out. To describe the band's sound... lets say The Ramones decided they wanted to be Black Sabbath, and hired Page Hamilton (who suddenly sings much better) to front the band. Oh that sounds terrible I know. Torche is sludgy stoner metal, set to.........pop!!!! I have heard Foo Fighter comparisons, and I would urge listeners to avoid that, because this band sounds nothing like that. The only thing FF and torche have in common is both bands would sound great on radio, but again, that sounds terrible. Torche is what Queens Of The Stone Age should have been, as far as heaviness. While QOTSA are focusing more on boy band sex sing-a-long experimentation, Torche just wants to tear your face off with walls and walls of down tuned, yet up tempo rock and roll. Its not metal, but its too heavy to just be called rock, and to take it to the next level, the band even manages to create beautiful atmosphere, and paints that on top of monolithic riffs. What you get with "Meanderthal" (Besides what seems to be a throw back to Amrep's Hammerhead who had a song title of the same name) is a short and sweet, well produced dirty, heavy rock opus, with more harmonies and catchiness than normally finds its way into todays sludge rock/metal scene! They are on tour now, with The Sword (Another good band to check out) and they will hit the road later this summer with Japan's thunderous rock monster, BORIS!! Don't miss these shows!!!! Oh and check out Torche's self titled debut full length, and their amazing EP, "In Return"!
Melvins - Nude With Boots
(July 8, 2008 Ipecac Recordings)