AOTY 2020


Torche - Harmonicraft
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2012 Ratings: #150 / 1031
User Score
Based on 28 ratings
April 24, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Volcom / Label
Sludge Metal / Genres
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A.V. Club

Rather than merely aiming at populism, though, Brooks has set a new personal best for what he’s been doing for almost 20 years: turning pop anthems into earthmovers. 


Many (most?) songs on Harmonicraft could fit comfortably into a more conventional arena setting than the ones from their murkier beginnings.

Drowned in Sound

It’s not a monumental leap forward from the band’s previous work, but Harmonicraft displays the signs of consistent refinement and revels in that fact.


Given all Harmonicraft's inherent turnaround, it's surprising to hear just how codified and predictable Torche sound at this point.

It's an amazing feat to make music that sounds so pop and catchy while simultaneously being as heavy is as heavy does. Torche doesn't break the mould here, as Harmonicraft isn't a far cry from their previous effort Meanderthal. Though, they have managed to tighten their sound up however, and this leads to a much cleaner, brighter album which totally sounds like the album cover that represents it.
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Year End Lists

#44/The Needle Drop

Track List

  1. Letting Go 
  2. Kicking 
  3. Walk It Off 
  4. Reverse Inverted 
  5. In Pieces 
  6. Snakes Are Charmed 
  7. Sky Trials 
  8. Roaming 
  9. Skin Moth 
  10. Kiss Me Dudely 
  11. Solitary Traveler 
  12. Harmonicraft 
  13. Looking On
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Added on: April 23, 2012