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  • Summary: The third full-length album for the metal quartet from Miami was produced by the band's guitarist, Kurt Ballou.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Apr 24, 2012
    91
    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.
  2. Apr 25, 2012
    90
    Somehow they've upped their jubilation game without making too many sonic changes since 2005's self-titled debut.
  3. May 3, 2012
    90
    Harmonicraft finds Torche taking off at full speed with an album packed full of driving riffs and soaring melody that's going to have an easy time convincing fans that the band hasn't lost a step after losing a member.
  4. Apr 24, 2012
    80
    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.
  5. Apr 24, 2012
    80
    Harmonicraft is filled with catchy hooks and pop melodies, as well as progressive, atmospheric rhythms.
  6. Apr 24, 2012
    75
    The tuned-down Melvins-like squall from their earlier records is still present and accounted for, but Torche have managed to shove their guitar work into unexpected places that balance limber melodicism with punishing heft.
  7. Apr 26, 2012
    60
    Harmonicraft is a short, sweet collection of pop-metal confectionery, irresistible if not unforgettable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Mar 10, 2013
    9
    Straight up doom sludge pop metal, wonderful throughout. Fun album, one of 2012s best releases. Some great singles and solid instrumentals. I would suggest this to anyone. Plus great album artwork Expand
  2. Jul 17, 2012
    9
    What an excellent follow-up to Torche's first album. I was introduced to this band by the RedEye crew - specifically Greg - and they've delivered live. I popped the second album in the CD player while doing some soul-crushing desk work, and before I knew it, I had played the thing four times. Just a tremendous album. And yu've got to love the fact that a metal band with an out lead singer is introduced to the public by a Mike Huckabee-narrated video on Fox News. Funny as hell. Expand
  3. Apr 27, 2012
    8
    I'm new to this and I like it, but is it really metal? Sounds like the Smashing Pumpkins on an angry day to me. Good hard alt rock, which the music world seems to be in dire need of. Expand
  4. May 13, 2014
    8
    For some reason critics love to box Torche into the metal genre, which is too easy a definition for the band. Sure they’re heavy but they also have a love for pop guitar lines and vocals so catchy you can’t help but sing along. The combination is in line with iconic bands like Sugar or modern bands like Foo Fighters, though Torche have more sack in their songs than the latter. Harmonicraft is a screaming beast of an album, one that constantly switches up the dance between prog-rock, hardcore and pop. Imagine if Rush had been made up of kids who loved Slayer and The Smiths and you’ll start to understand the genius of Torche. Expand