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2012 release, the third studio album from the Stoner Metal band led by Steve Brookes. Harmonicraft was self-produced by Torche and mixed by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Torche's Best Jan. 15 2013
By Francis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: LP Record Verified Purchase
I wasn't sure Torche could top Meanderthal, but, then again, why did I ever doubt this merry band of poppy doom metal professors? Meanderthal, while amazing, seems slight and short compared to Harmonicraft. Each and every song on Harmonicraft is excellent, and nary a few seconds pass by without another hook cramming itself into your mind. Torche is the catchiest truly heavy band of all time, and Harmonicraft is their signature statement to date. "Kicking" is the best Torche song yet, a perfect summer metal anthem. "In Pieces" shows off some Houdini and Stoner Witch era Melvins influences to great effect. Back to back burners "Snakes Are Charmed" and "Sky Trials" sound like High On Fire performing in neon bathing suits at a beach bar under palm trees (ok, not a pleasant mental image if you've seen Matt Pike shirtless lately, but it's a decent METAL comparison, musically speaking). Let's not forget that all these songs are short as hell, by and large. But before you know it, you can't stop humming the main riff to a song that's 1:18 long. File under "heavy metal songwriting genius."

Steve Brooks absolutely kills the vocals on this record. His voice soars and his choruses are deadly - "Kicking" and "Roaming" and "Kiss Me Dudely" just cannot be removed from the brain once listened to. The end of the record, while as perfect as the rest of it, also happens to be very encouraging. The achingly gorgeous shoegaze of "Solitary Traveler" (again, so short, yet packs so much punch) and the deft krautrock nods in the instrumental title track show that this band isn't set on one thing, and will continue to grow and refine their sound. I really, really hope they pursue more songs in the vein of "Harmonicraft" on future releases because it a) sounds nothing like the Torche I know and love and b) sounds nothing like any other heavy metal band out there. I love being challenged by a band I'm already strongly attached to, because it sounds like they're challenging each other. Album closer "Looking On" assures those fans who've been there from the beginning that Torche will never abandon the doom metal aesthetic (glory be to the power of the riff). They're going to keep getting better at it, album by album - what a wonderful, inspiring way to close out a perfect record.

It would be wrong not to mention the packaging. Stunningly original artwork (incorporating multiple cityscapes) that makes me smile and laugh and fits the (usually) bright, summery metal music within so well. The clear LP version came with a lollipop style turntable cover. This was definitely my favorite physical music product of 2012.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
perfect pop for metal people June 8 2012
By A guy who reads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
why this band isn't huge is a mystery. Perhaps the catchiest, most melodic band to surface in the last ten years - with the bonus of riffs that blast cracks in your skull. Steve Brooks is David Lee Roth crossed with Jack Black - fronting a relentlessly vicious groove not experienced since, well, since Van Halen. If you have the time, check out Tilts. Same thing. Same riffage.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HEAVY pop HOOKS April 29 2012
By Melbatunes - Published on Amazon.com
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Saw these guys on tour with Kylesa and High on Fire a few years ago and liked "Meanderthal" so I figured I had to pick this one up, especially after the pre release taster "Kicking" dug it's riff claws so deep inside me. Normally when that happens I am somewhat disappointed with the rest of the album but this thing slays and punishes from beginning to end and you can almost hum along to it. No let up from start to finish or weak moments. Very catchy and HEAVY, not an easy combination to pull off. Been playing this daily since I got it. Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.5 Stars! Fantastic Progression April 24 2012
By Scott Rosenbluth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
All is sunny and vibrant in Torche-land apparently and it shows in their newest l.p. Harmonicraft. Never have I been so amazed with an album cover matching it's sonic counterpart more, than the Lewis Carrol meets Care Bears cover art, making sweet sweet love with this blasted piece of punky-pop-sludge-bliss. While older Torche fans may wallow in sorrow over departure of fellow founding lead-guitarist Juan Montoya, one must observe the subtle reality that is, Steve Brooks IS Torche!!! No if's ands or buts about that. And Harmonicraft proves the rule and sometimes the exception to the rule. Very rarely, the skilled psychedelic touch of Montoya is missed and would provide crucial shred to the proceedings. Mostly however, this is a Torche album that stands on it's own as a different, albeit pleasant, beast! The light air that bounces these songs around is also mixed with that trademarked sludgey, downtuned guitar, that make Torche so much more than the sum of their parts. While older albums are still tops in my book, I won't overlook the merit in what is without a doubt, the most diverse, and well written album they've ever produced. Love it or leave it, I'm cool right here!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great musicians Jan. 23 2013
By James H. - Published on Amazon.com
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First, kudos to the sound engineers. This album sounds fantastic. Second, even though the musicianship throughout is great, the drumming is a standout. GREAT DRUMMER. The songs are catchy. I find myself listening to this CD more than any other at the moment. If you like metal you will love it.

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