Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00

Sludge Rock Best Bet: Torche

Written by  Josh Spanninga
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The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids
March 18, 8 p.m.
$17
pyramidschemebar.com, (616) 272-3758

Miami-based sludge rock giants Torche have made a career of mixing the badass with the, er, bizarre. The band's 2012 album, Harmonicraft, features candy-chomping, rainbow-puking mystical goat dragons fighting amidst the clouds on the cover. Giant-tongued inflatable aliens and demonic stuffed animals run amok in their music videos. Hell, they even threw an extra “e” onto the end of their band name because they do what they want. And they know exactly what they want to do: rock heavy, rock hard and never stop.

Listening to their records, one gets a small sense of what it would be like if the Foo Fighters got hopped up on steroids and adrenaline, ditched all of their ballads, cranked the volume to 11 and  kept going full throttle till they puked. Needless to say, their music is catchy, fun and most of all, heavy. We're talking the kind of music that puts a fire in your stomach and hair on your chest. Any naysayers who doubt the superhuman machismo of the band have only to check out their newest album, Restarter, which was released just last month and is chock full of blissful metal madness.

Best of all, to support the release of Restarter, Torche has left their snowbird and spring breaker-addled home of Miami, Florida to embark on a month-long tour which will bring them to The Pyramid Scheme on March 18. 

Listen to their new album right here!

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