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Formed: 2004
From: Miami, FL, United States
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Latest Torche News

Below is our complete Torche news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Torche Announces Headlining Tour

Torche has announced a headlining tour in support of forthcoming album, "Restarter" (due out February 24th via Relapse), which will bring label mates Nothing out as support and kicks off on March 6th at The Masquerade in Atlanta. Dates for the trek are as follows:

March 6 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
March 7 Birmingham, AL The Bottletree
March 8 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
March 9 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
March 10 Austin, TX Red 7
March 11 Dallas, TX Club Dada #
March 12 Memphis, TN The Hi-Tone
March 13 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
March 14 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
March 15 Milwaukee, WI The Cactus Club
March 17 Cleveland, OH The Grog Shop
March 18 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme
March 20 Detroit, MI The Pike Room
March 21 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
March 22 Montreal, QC Bar Le Ritz
March 23 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
March 25 Boston, MA Great Scott
March 26 Brooklyn, NY St. Vitus
March 27 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
March 28 Richmond, VA Strange Matters #
March 29 Washington, DC DC 9#

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Win A Pair Of Municipal Waste Tickets

Before setting sail on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise at the end of the month, Municipal Waste has week-long trek across Maryland, North Carolina, and Florida kicking off this coming Thursday, January 15th.

With the tour just about to pummel across seven U.S. cities alongside Torche and Night Birds, we'll be giving several lucky fans a pair of free tickets and a Municipal Waste t-shirt.

To enter for a chance to win the tickets and t-shirts, send an email to mwgiveaway[at]metalunderground.com with your full name, the city and venue where you'd like to see the show, and a brief message explaining why you love Municipal Waste.

Winners will get into the show and be able to bring a friend for free. Keep your eyes peeled and check your email, as we'll be notifying the winners later this week! Dates for the trek are as follows:

01/15/15 Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
01/16/15 Ziggy's - Winston-Salem, NC
01/17/15 Ziggy's By The Sea - Wilmington, NC
01/18/15 Pug's Live - Tallahassee, FL
01/19/15 The Atlantic - Gainesville, FL
01/20/15 Crowbar - Tampa, FL
01/21/15 Grand Central - Miami, FL More...

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Torche Shares New Song

Southeastern quartet Torche today shares new song “Annihilation Affair,” which can be heard below thanks to Pitchfork.

The song comes from the band’s forthcoming release, "Restarter," due out February 24th via Relapse Records. Bass player and Producer Jonathan Nuñez said of the new album:

“I feel it’s strong sonically and harder hitting than the previous record [Harmonicraft]. I’m happy with the last record, but I feel on this record, it’s just more solid song to song. You’ve got to move forward. You can’t release the same record over and over.”

The previously released "Restarter" track "Minions" can also be heard by heading over to this location. More...

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Torche Streaming New Song

Torche is gearing up to release new album "Restarter" through Relapse Records next year on February 24th in North America and February 23rd in Europe.

Pre-orders are available for "Restarter" over at this location, and the new track "Minions" is also available for streaming in the player below.

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Municipal Waste Announces U.S. Shows

Residents of the east coast have much more to fear than Category IV storms this hurricane season.

Why? ‘Cuz seven shows have been booked in January throughout the eastern part of the U.S. by Richmond, Virginia’s speed metal punks in Municipal Waste, who are sure to cause some serious winter damage to more than just your rose bushes.

Municipal Waste will headline; direct support comes from Florida’s heavy hard rockers Torche and opening will be New Jersey punk rockers Night Birds. The “Feast On The Southeast” 2015 tour dates are as follows:

01/15/15 Soundstage - Baltimore, MD*
01/16/15 Ziggy's - Winston-Salem, NC
01/17/15 Ziggy's By The Sea - Wilmington, NC
01/18/15 Pug's Live - Tallahassee, FL
01/19/15 The Atlantic - Gainesville, FL
01/20/15 Crowbar - Tampa, FL
01/21/15 Grand Central - Miami, FL


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Torche Announces Australian Shows

Torche today reveals the supporting acts for the band's first ever Australian tour coming this October.

Support in Brisbane comes from the mighty Lizzard Wizzard, Queensland’s resident purveyors of all things doom. With songs like "Games of Cones" and "Bong Dive," you know what you’re in for: gigantic riffs in a smoke-filled haze. Joining them will be Brisbane quartet Indica, which delivers riffs in the spirit of Electric Wizard and Sleep: slow, gargantuan, and tectonic.

In Melbourne, Torche will be joined by the intoxicating stoner trio Child. Dead has also been added to the billing, sporting the recently released single "Dog TV," which packs a lethal dose of anthemic sonic bludgeoning. Finally in Sydney, feast your ears on the controlled frenzy of Lo! and Sumeru.

Thursday October 16 – Crowbar, Brisbane with Lizzard Wizzard and Indica
Saturday October 18 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne with Child and Dead
Sunday October 19 - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney with Lo! and Sumeru More...

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Torche Signs To Relapse Records

Torche, the Florida-meets-Georgia quartet whose album "Harmonicraft" was proclaimed “one of the strongest guitar-rock records 2012 will yield” by Alternative Press, has now signed with Relapse Records.

“We’re looking forward to working with a label that has stood the test of time while continuing to expand their diverse roster,” explained Jonathan Nuñez, adding, “Releasing this record on Relapse lined up pretty well since it contains some of the heaviest songs we’ve written to date.”

The band is currently recording at Pinecrust Studio in Miami with Nunez serving as producer and Converge’s Kurt Ballou mixing the album. The as-of-yet untitled album is expected to come this summer.

Torche has also announced a celebratory, post-recording show on February 26th at St. Vitus Bar in New York. More...

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Ken Mode Announces New Tour Dates

Ken Mode has announced new tour dates with Torche and Black Cobra. The new dates include West Coast performances in Long Beach, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, CA and a new date in Brooklyn, NY. Additional support on these dates will come from Lo-Pan.

Additionally, Ken Mode's participation in this year's Sled Island and Pitchfork Music Festivals have been announced. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

The band's new album "Entrench" was released in North America on March 19th. You can listen to the whole album through the player below. More...

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Hydra Head Records Closing Its Doors

Aaron Turner of Hydra Head Records has issued the following announcement about deciding to call it a day:

"Hydra Head Records has never been a smooth-running operation. We've spent the majority of our existence excitedly scrambling from one thing to the next, taking on more than we could ever possibly hope to achieve, and never quite finding solid footing in the midst of our self-induced whirlwind of chaos. Though not every second of doing this label has been enjoyable, it has been a very rewarding and meaningful project for me, and I hope for many of the other lives to which it has been directly connected. The fact that it has lasted close to two decades at this point is astonishing, and much has changed during that time - the lives of those directly involved with running the label, the bands and artists we've worked with, and the nature of the music industry itself. Though many of these changes have been positive, or at least illuminating, the impact of our history and current industry circumstances are culminating into a slow and somewhat painful death for the label. It certainly isn't an entirely unforeseen event, but we didn't think it would come quite so abruptly, or (perhaps naively) ever.

"The decision to pull the plug has not been an easy one, and in some ways is a not a choice at all. The simple fact of the matter is we've been running on empty for a while now and cannot afford to keep our doors open for much longer. Years of imbalance between creative ideals and financial realities, personal problems amongst the label operators, an unwillingness to compromise our aesthetic standards, a tendency towards releasing challenging (i.e. unmarketable) artists, and the steady decline of the music industry in general, are amongst the chief reasons for our inability to continue. It is a harsh but undeniable reality, and one which we are attempting to confront with as much integrity and grace as is afforded by the circumstances. More...

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Kverlertak Announces U.S. Tour

Norwegian act Kvelertak will return to the U.S. this fall to tour alongside Converge and Torche. Nails, Coalesce and Whips/Chains will perform on select shows as well. The band says:

"Converge brought us out for our first-ever European tour two years ago, so it's a great honor for us that they now are taking us out on our first proper U.S. tour! Not to mention the other bands, that line-up is ridiculous. Needless to say, we're beyond excited!"

The band also announced via Twitter that recording has begun for a new album, stating "First day at Godcity with Kurt Ballou. All I can say is, this album is going to fuck the first album in the ass. Hard."

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Black Cobra Announces New Tour Dates

The planet's most dynamically wicked duo, Black Cobra, has been confirmed as one of the support acts for crossover kings Corrosion Of Conformity's June tour, the diverse lineup also including Torche and Gaza. The rampage will begin June 1st and surge clockwise through North America with 18 dates confirmed through June 23rd as of now.

This stateside trek will follow Black Cobra's scheduled European tour also supporting COC along with Zoroaster, the fun to begin on April 4th and leading up to the band's performance at the annual Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland.

Before that mayhem goes down, Black Cobra is already confirmed for some massive action at SXSW next week. Wednesday will see the 'Cobra coiled on stage at the ToneDeaf Touring showcase, sharing the stage with Saviours, Rwake, A Storm of Light, Zoroaster, and headliners Corrosion Of Conformity. Then on Friday they take the stage at the massive "Death Match" event -- hosted by Thrasher Magazine and Converse, curated by The Power of the Riff, Southern Lord and Brooklyn Vegan -- the monolithic day show featuring OFF!, Trash Talk, Ceremony, Heartless, Code Orange Kids, Deafheaven, Full Of Hell, Balaclava, Dead In The Dirt and headliners High On Fire, of course in addition to Black Cobra's devastating mid-lineup appearance. More...

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Torche Expands Summer Tour With New Dates

American sludge rockers Torche have nearly doubled the dates for its forthcoming tour of the United States this coming summer. You can check out the newly updated list of dates, cities and venues below.

07/07 Houston, TX – Walter’s On Washington
07/08 Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
07/09 Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree
07/11 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
07/12 Miami, FL – Churchill’s
07/14 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
07/15 Greensboro, NC – TBA
07/16 Washington DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
07/17 Baltimore, MD – The Ottobar
07/19 Philadelphia PA – First Unitarian Church
07/20 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
07/21 Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs
07/22 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
07/23 Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop
07/24 Newport, KY – The Southgate House
07/26 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
07/27 Indianapolis, IN – The Hoosier Dome
07/28 Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge
07/29 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
07/30 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room-Street Stag
07/31 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
08/02 Salt Lake City, UT – Club Vegas
08/03 Boise, ID – Neurolux
08/04 Seattle, WA – Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
08/05 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
08/06 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
08/07 Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour
08/08 San Diego, CA – Casbah
08/09 Scottsdale, AZ – Martini Ranch
08/10 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
08/12 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
08/13 San Antonio, TX – Korova
08/14 Austin, TX – Red 7

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Torche Announces New Tour Dates

Torche has announced a batch of dates for its forthcoming tour of the United States. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

07/09 Birmingham, AL – Bottletree Cafe
07/14 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
07/15 Greensboro, NC – Greene Street Club
07/16 Washington, DC – Rock And Roll Hotel
07/19 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
07/21 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
07/24 Newport, KY – The Southgate House
07/26 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
07/28 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
07/29 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
07/31 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
08/02 Salt Lake City, UT – Club Vegas
08/04 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
08/07 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
08/12 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
08/13 San Antonio, TX – Korova

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Torche Announces U.S. Mini Tour

Miami, Florida progressive hard rockers Torche have announced the following tour dates for March.

03/16 Atlanta, GA – 529
03/17 Norfolk, VA – Jewish Mother
03/18 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
03/20 Springfield, VA – Jaxx
03/21 Columbus, OH – Ravari Room
03/22 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
03/24 Tallahassee, FL – The Engine Room

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Torche's Red Eye Appearance Video Posted Online

Torche recently made an appearance on Fox News' "Red Eye" late night show to discuss their new album. You can check out the video of their appearance below:

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Torche Posts New Music Video Online

Miami, Florida progressive hard rockers Torche have posted its new music video online for the track "U.F.O." The new song is included on the band's new comilation titled "Songs For Singles."

You can view the video below:


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Stream Torche's "Songs For Singles" Album Online

You can now listen to the new Torche record, "Songs For Singles," in its entirety on their MySpace player through Monday. The album hits stores Tuesday, September 21st. You can preorder your copy here.

As previously reported, the compilation features eight previously released songs and is to be issued through Hyrda Head Records.

Here's the "Songs For Singles" tracklisting:

1. U.F.O.
2. Lay Low
3. Hideaway
4. Arrowhead
5. Shine On My Old Ways
6. Cast Into Unknown
7. Face The Wall
8. Out Again

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Corrosion Of Conformity To Play Riot Fest

Raleigh, North Carolina's Corrosion Of Conformity have announced their participation in the upcoming 2010 edition of Riot Fest Chicago. The formerly all punk festival has now opened it's doors to include metal and hard rock acts and in turn expanding the festival to a four day event. Riot Fest Chicago 2010 in set to take place October 6th through 10th in various venues throughout the city.

Other metal acts scheduled to appear include a reformed Corrosion Of Conformity, Torche, Cro-Mags, Agnostic Front and Kylesa. The event is being headlined by underground punk rock icons Bad Religion.

You can find more information about Riot Fest Chicago at this location.

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High On Fire Announces North American Tour

Oakland, California based trio High On Fire has announced that they will embark on a headlining tour of North America this September, in support of their latest studio album, "Snakes For The Divine." Also joining them on the trek will be Torche and Kylesa.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Torche Announces U.S Dates With Various Bands

Torche have announced a series of concerts set to take place across the United States in support of their upcoming compilation album titled "Songs For Singles." The tour kicks off on July 17th, 2010 in West Palm Beach, Florida and runs until October 29th ending in Gainesville, Florida. More dates are also expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Torche U.S tour dates:
July 17 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectable Street Cafe w/ Furious Dudes
July 28 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In w/ Beings
July 29 – Louisville, KY @ Skull Alley w/ High on Fire and Beings
July 30 – Indianapolis, IN @ Vollrath Tavern w/ Beings
July 31 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean w/ Baroness
August 1 – Chicago, IL @ Wicker Park Festival
August 3 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar w/ Beings
August 5 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree w/ Beings
August 6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Boris, Russian Circles
August 7 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum w/ Beings
August 9 – Tallahassee, FL @ Big Daddy’s w/ Beings
August 11 – Miami, FL @ Churchill’s w/ Beings
October 29 – Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds (THE FEST 9)

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