Torche’s New Album is Disappointing

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Torche is one of my favorite bands since 2000. A bright spot in a haze of mediocrity. Forging heavy down tuned metal with pop hooks. They have continued to improve with each release, until now.

The new Torche album Restarter is a let down. A color by numbers effort. Too much sludge, too few hooks.

There are parts that almost reach inspired in the dirges and the poppy songs are head nodding but nothing that has made me want to hear it again.

Everything is too familiar. I’m bummed out.

Take a listen for yourself.

A Top 10 Album For Me and Every Metalhead My Age.

Riot – Fire Down Under turns 34 years old today.

Riot - Fire Down Under
The worst cover for the best album, ever.

So every “in the know” self-important metalhead rates this in their top ten. I agree. Not sure if it gets you kicked-out of the old school heavy metal club if you disagree.

Anyway, Riot really upped their game on this album. While the first two were good and had a unique sound, Fire Down Under was a crowning achievement. Everything about it, except the cover, was better by a long shot. When this came out American metal was at best underground and there was not much, if any, that was this good.

Guy Spirenza left after this album and the bluesy Rhett Forrester replaced him. While never reaching the greatness of Fire Down Under again Restless Breed and Born in America are damn fine records. This was also their last album with Capitol Records. If you want to hear what happens when a record company tells a band to be more commercial try to find the High Voltage version of the album. It contains demos for Capitol that hardly sound like the same band.

Take a listen

Yes, Soul Asylum Was Once the Best Live Band on the Planet.

I was on the Rock And/Or Roll podcast a few months ago. Yeah still behind, this actually was podcast before the Goo Goo Dolls episode.

Once again your reluctant host, BJ invited me to talk about the once spectacular Soul Asylum on the otherwise fabulous Rock And/Or Roll podcast.

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Soul Asylum “Sometime to Return” Live

Listen to me defend the first 3 Goo Goo Dolls Records

I have been accused of having questionable (bad) taste at times but I will argue with anyone about the greatness of the first 3 Goo Goo Dolls albums. They had that midwestern punk rock thing going on, like a heavy metal version of Soul Asylum or The Replacements. They were fun, juvenile and they rocked some damn fine songs. Sure after “Hold Me Up” it was a quick slide to shitsville, although I can listen to “Superstar Car Wash”, the rest is obviously better left alone.

Anyways, for some reason, your reluctant host, BJ invited me to talk about the Goo Goo Dolls on the otherwise fabulous Rock and/or Roll podcast. This was posted a while ago, forgive my delay.

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If you just want to rock out, take a listen.

Goo Goo Dolls “Know My Name”

Another new Swervedriver song and US Tour Dates.

Not as exciting as “Deep Wound” but good none the less.

Here is “Deep Wound” if you missed it.

Track list for the new album “I Wasn’t Born to Lose You”

  1. Autodidact
  2. Last Rites
  3. For a Day Like Tomorrow
  4. Setting Sun
  5. Everso
  6. English Subtitles
  7. Red Queen Arms Race
  8. Deep Wound
  9. Lone Star
  10. I Wonder?

US Tour Dates
03-04 San Diego, CA – Casbah
03-05 Los Angeles, CA – Roxy Theatre
03-06 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
03-08 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s Crystal Ball
03-09 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
03-12 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
03-13 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
03-14 Chicago, IL – TBA
03-15 Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
03-16 Cincinnati, OH – The Woodward Theater
03-17 St. Louis, MO – The Duck Room @ Blueberry
03-19 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
03-20-21 Austin, TX – SXSW
03-23 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
03-24 Durham, NC – Motorco
03-25 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
03-27 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
03-28 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
03-29 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer