New Music: Torche Premiere “Minions” – First New Material Since 2012

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Torche hasn’t released new music since 2012’s Harmonicraft, but today they’ve premiered the heavy, sludgy, and slow-build “Minions.” No, it’s not the Minions from Despicable Me, this is vastly different and comes of Torche’s forthcoming album, Restarter, due out February 24th. Vocally speaking, I can’t help but to hear Joe Satriani.

Check out “Minions” in the player above and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Restarter will be released on CD/LP/Deluxe 2xLP/Cassette/Digital, with pre-orders beginning today. Two bonus tracks, “Harmonslaught” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll Mantasy,” will be included on deluxe editions. Digital pre-orders are available now via iTunes, Bandcamp, with physical pre-order packages available via Relapse.

Restarter track list:

Annihilation Affair
Bishop in Arms
Minions
Loose Men
Undone
Blasted
No Servants
Believe It
Barrier Hammer
Restarter

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The album was recorded at the band’s Miami studio, Pinecrust, with bass player Jonathan Nuñez overseeing production and Converge’s Kurt Ballou once again returning to handle mixing. In discussing the band’s approach to writing and recording Restarter, Nuñez shared his thoughts on the band’s musical evolution:

I feel that with time you kind of expand and hopefully progress. Hopefully this record is a good reflection of that. 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.

Torche Tour dates:

Dates from Dec. 27 to Jan. 10 with Clutch and Lionize
December 27 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
December 28 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
December 29 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
December 30 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
December 31 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
January 3 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
January 4 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
January 6 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
January 7 Houston, TX House of Blues
January 8 Dallas, TX House of Blues
January 9 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
January 10 Austin, TX Emo’s

Dates from Jan. 16 to 21 with Municipal Waste
January 16 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s
January 17 Wilmington, NC Ziggy’s by the Sea
January 18 Tallahassee, FL Pug’s Live
January 19 Gainesville, FL The Atlantic
January 20 Ybor City, FL Crowbar
January 21 Miami, FL Grand Central

Torche European tour dates:

May 2 Leipzig, DE Taubchental
May 3 Wroclaw, PL Asymmetry Festival
May 4 Prague, CZ 007
May 5 Munich, DE Ampere
May 6 Milan, IT Lo Fi Club
May 8 Barcelona, SP Rocksound
May 9 Madrid, SP Boute Live!
May 10 Lisbon, PT Musicbox
May 11 Bilbao, SP Kafe Antzokia
May 13 Zurich, SZ Dynamo
May 14 Wiesbaden, DE Schlachthoff
May 15 Cologne, DE Underground
May 16 Berlin, DE Hafenklang
May 18 Nijmegen, NL Merelyn
May 19 Haarlem, NL Patronaat
May 20 Paris, FR Glazart
May 21 Antwerp, BE Kavka
May 22 London, UK Underworld *
May 23 Leeds, UK Belgrave Social Club *
May 24 Galway, IR Roisin Dubh
May 25 Cork, IR Craine Lane
May 26 Dublin, IR Grand Social
May 27 Belfast, IR The Limelight
May 28 Glasgow, UK CCA **
May 29 Manchester, UK Sound Control **
May 30 Bristol, UK Temples Festival
May 31 Nimes, FR This is Not a Love Song
June 1 Nantes, FR Le Ferrailleur

* – w/Part Chimp and Henry Blacker
** – w/Kings and Henry Blacker

Rock Hard \m/

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