Torche
Admission


4.4
superb

Review

by Simon STAFF
July 12th, 2019 | 150 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Here comes the fuzz.

“People are always trying to figure out which compartment we fit into. They wanna put us on a shelf. But in a world of Sabbaths, we get to be Van Halen.”

For a band that has built its foundations on filthy, dense Sabbathian riffs, you can see why one would categorize and trace the bulk of their DNA back to Black Sabbath. In preparation for Admission, I went back through all of their discography again; and it’s overtly apparent that the encrusted stoner-sludge is, and always has been, a superficial distraction that sits over their obsessive pop sensibilities – predating as far back as 2005’s Torche. The Kyuss-meets-Mastodon cacophony with ride-out grooves is an enticing assault, but you’d be doing yourself a disservice to notice that, yet foolishly disregard the fine gossamer vocals that sit delicately under the impenetrable soundscapes each album dishes out. To put it bluntly, Harmonicraft is the perfected transition that finally melded stonking riffs and pop hooks with a finality; a display of well-rounded evolution that looked like the end of the road for this type of progressive growth. As such, Harmonicraft stands as Torche’s magnum opus: an exhilarating masterclass in sludge-meets-pop. Which is why, despite Restarter being a fairly solid offering, their 2015 return felt like such a weary, anticlimactic return – an album with a certified plateau. The only thing Restarter truly displayed to its audience was a limited imagination, ham-fistedly using previous achievements as a safety blanket, with varying soporific effects. So, with a 4-year radio silence sat on a dampened note, Admission comes as a bit of a surprise, not only for being superior to Restarter in almost every aspect, but because it feels like it has more of a purpose this time around.

Admission is best summed up as mature. There’s nothing particularly new to unearth here, but where this album succeeds over its predecessor is it takes the band’s strongest attributes and develops a more concise project out of them: filled to the brim with booming riffs, heaving grooves and a really cohesive tone throughout. Bar the occasionally sluggish (in the wrong way) moment found on “Times Missing” and “On the Wire” – which falls ill to knuckle-dragging repetition and few attention-grabbing moments to lock you in – Admission sits comfortably at full throttle and rarely wastes a moment of your time. “Infierno” stands tall as one of the heaviest numbers they’ve ever pieced together, having the fuzz cranked so high it literally sounds like buildings being demolished over Torche’s drowning ethereal guitar passages. The tremolo picking, cut-the-bollocks opener right through to “Times Missing” are scintillating conquests of pounding rhythms and alt-metal riffs that end up eradicating even the faintest bit of doubt you had leading up to this album's release. Sure, in a way, this album sounds more like a rerun through former glories – stripping most of Harmonicraft’s distinct characteristics away for a doomier, rock-dominated experience – but they really hit a home run with the execution, and it becomes relatively fresh sounding because of this.

There’s little to fault here in all honesty; it plays everything right and does so with a near flawless execution. Though one could argue it’s a little one-dimensional in terms of almost exclusively working with one style, as I said earlier, it nails the way these songs are presented. Putting the grimy instrumentals to one side, Admission is not devoid of some of Brooks' best vocal performances, either. The honey sweet melodies on “Admission”, “Reminder” and “Changes Come” continue to synergistically partner with the guitar’s melancholic delay, and proceeds to imbue Torche’s distinction from the rest of the bands out there today. This is an excellent return to form that should please current fans, but I wouldn’t argue with it being a great place to start for first-time listeners of the band as well.

FORMAT//EDITIONS: CD/̶/̶D̶I̶G̶I̶T̶A̶L̶/̶/̶V̶I̶N̶Y̶L̶

PACKAGING: Standard jewel case, with promotional slip.

SPECIAL EDITION BONUSES: N/A

ALBUM STREAM//PURCHASE: https://www.torchemusic.com/




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Odal
July 12th 2019


440 Comments


Nice review!

I am listening right now and am a few songs in and also having heard the singles, I... am not sure if I like it as much as you so far but hopefully that changes. I definitely disagree with Harmonicraft being their best though lol My favorite's gotta be Meanderthal with Songs for Singles coming in at a close second. I absolutely adore these guys though and this is definitely hitting better than Restarter so far

greg84
Emeritus
July 12th 2019


7608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent review! I need to listen to this for sure.

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Kompys2000
July 12th 2019


3046 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ooohh, this sounds good

Shadowmire
July 12th 2019


5118 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dig it.

Relinquished
July 12th 2019


40758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yessss, these the boys

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
July 12th 2019


4833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review! I really dig it after a couple of listens. Admission is my favorite track atm.

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Hawks
July 12th 2019


73095 Comments


Will jam. m/

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Relinquished
July 12th 2019


40758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Bar the occasionally sluggish (in the wrong way) moment found on “Times Missing”"



neg

SowingSeason
Moderator
July 12th 2019


31922 Comments


Never been into this style of music but what I heard was promising. Might follow up with a full listen. Nice review, DrGonzo.

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Jamdbz
July 12th 2019


380 Comments


Saw these guys open for Converge ages ago and really enjoyed em. Never really jumped into their discog though. Where should I start?

Relinquished
July 12th 2019


40758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is a fine spot to start with

nightbringer
July 12th 2019


495 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Checked out a couple singles. One of them was good but Times Missing blew.

AdolfChrist
July 12th 2019


21965 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Never been into this style of music"



Harmonicraft is an album i can see even people who arent really into metal at all liking.



Im stoked to hear this, Restarter was underwhelming so im looking forward to finally having more Torche to jam.

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Jamdbz
July 12th 2019


380 Comments


This is really good

Imperial
July 12th 2019


1780 Comments


Anyone else think this album cover is extraordinarily bad?

SowingSeason
Moderator
July 12th 2019


31922 Comments


I like it until I actually focus on it

SowingSeason
Moderator
July 12th 2019


31922 Comments


Would have been better without the face
Just billowing smoke

nightbringer
July 12th 2019


495 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"I like it until I actually focus on it."



Haha, my thoughts exactly. I was all about to defend the art until I took a closer look.

Mr. Pain
July 12th 2019


17335 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this better than their last one ?? i really hope so

Relinquished
July 12th 2019


40758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think it's apt



makes me feel like what it shows when people talk about the art



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