Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic 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. May 30, 2012
    90
    They've consistently upped tempos while delivering saccharine-infused riffs with all the sunshine-y aplomb of a Prozac salesman's first and last day on the job. [No.87 p.59]
  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 27, 2012
    90
    Harmonicraft isn't just the best Torche release: It's a contender for one of the best loud rock releases of the year.
  5. Apr 25, 2012
    90
    Somehow they've upped their jubilation game without making too many sonic changes since 2005's self-titled debut.
  6. Apr 24, 2012
    90
    Smoother production and the further improvement in the overall quality of the material--not to mention evidence of a genuine dedication to his vocal performance from Steve Brooks--put Harmonicraft in a different league. [May 2012, p.104]
  7. May 21, 2012
    80
    Harmonicraft still brings the heft and thick cut distortion, but never wastes a single moment's breath on anything superfluous. [28 Apr 2012, p.53]
  8. May 8, 2012
    80
    Torche have always been a good band and sometimes even a great one, but with Harmonicraft they've found the songs to match their extraordinary sound.
  9. May 2, 2012
    80
    Cheers to Torche for proving a heavy-rock band can be optimistic and sincere-without sacrificing any of the edge.
  10. [Harmonicraft] finds Torche further indulging their pop muse. The result is a set of songs that retains most of the heaviness we've come to expect at this point, but with even more single-ready ear candy than ever before.
  11. Apr 24, 2012
    80
    Harmonicraft is filled with catchy hooks and pop melodies, as well as progressive, atmospheric rhythms.
  12. Apr 24, 2012
    80
    All of this comes together to form a cohesive collection that flows effortlessly; without a doubt, it's one of the strongest guitar-rock records 2012 will yield. [May 2012, p.83]
  13. 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.
  14. Apr 24, 2012
    80
    The sense of brightness that was present (but kept at a reasonable distance) in the pretty good debut and the pretty excellent Meanderthal is amplified here, and many (most?) songs on Harmonicraft could fit comfortably into a more conventional arena setting than the ones from their murkier beginnings.
  15. 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.
  16. 70
    Brimming with joyful bombast, Harmonicraft warrants re-listens.
  17. Oct 30, 2012
    67
    Torche's 2008 master class, second album Meanderthal, began at prog metal and closed as a mind-blowing stoner maelstrom. Harmonicraft polishes that sonic Darwinism into tight, melodic, mosh pits.
  18. Apr 24, 2012
    65
    Harmonicraft is not without its moments; its just that, sometimes, spans of monotony and predictably make remembering or caring for those moments more work than they're worth.
  19. Apr 26, 2012
    60
    Harmonicraft often strays into pastiche when they attempt to cling on to their past, but comes into its own when it strides confidently into new realms.
  20. Apr 26, 2012
    60
    Harmonicraft is a short, sweet collection of pop-metal confectionery, irresistible if not unforgettable.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. 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 alsoFor 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. IStraight 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 Full Review »
  3. 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'veWhat 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. Full Review »