"We feel about a million miles away from home right now" admits beardy Baroness guitarist John Baizley as the reality of the band’s first long distance tour away from home dawns on him. ‘But thank you for making us feel so welcome.’ The pleasure, however, is all ours! Tonight, Georgia based quartet Baroness are an absolute revelation. Drawing their influences from many different aspects of heavy music, they fuse crust punk, tech-metal, prog rock and slabs of sonic sludge with classic metal riffs for an end result that sounds like Discharge, Isis, Mastodon, Eyehategod, Iron Maiden and the Melvins all at once.
Unlikely pairings rarely look good on paper. But, the self-titled debut by TORCHE - which amazingly merges the heft of the Melvins with the dementedly sugary pop harmonies of the Beach Boys - is an infectious and seemingly impossible synthesis we call "Thunder Pop."
Sure, this sound was hinted at by TORCHE singer/guitarist/songwriter Steve Brooks' former group Floor, founded by the mighty Black Sabbath and nearly accomplished by mainstreamers Queens of the Stone Age... but such truly anthemic, triumphant and absolutely massive heavy rock has never been so downright catchy! The mind-rupturing debut album by the Miami, FL quartet -- which also features former Floor guitarist Juan Montoya (who, along with Brooks, also played in the mighty Cavity), drummer Rick Smith (ex-Tyranny Of Shaw) and bassist Jon Nuñez -- echoes the scooped-EQ tones (all lows and highs with precious little mid-range) of the Melvins classic Ozma, the infectious riff-rock of Nirvana's Bleach and glissando multi-part harmonies of classic Beach Boys.
[r]evolution of a sun
Barring another unforseen calamity this shall be revs 1st gig in Cork since before their French tour. reference point is Breach if they came from a lunatic asylum
Listen to it here if you havent heard it already