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Release Date: 23rd April 2012

Phil Kane

phil kane

torche harmonicraft

Now here's something that's a little different. On initial listen Harmonicraft comes across as a Dinosaur Junior cast off, a bit of a two dimensional distortion driven punk fest with ersatz doom pretensions.

Yet persevere and you will discover subtleties that were overlooked the first time round. Opener 'Letting Go' is punchy punk Metal edged with jangling Celtic flourishes like the sort of stuff that could result from Big Country getting banged up by The Wildhearts.

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There's the stoner groove of 'Reverse Inverted' and 'In Pieces' and the skater punk thrash outs of 'Walk It Off' and 'Sky Trials'.

The endlessly repeated riff of the title track has a tribal trance jam thing going on before it nosedives into the doom dirge of 'Looking On'. In fact, Torche's doom heritage peppers the album, not least on 'Roaming'.

With a production job being a warts and all display of power, anything on here would suit the soundtrack of one of those cult new age shoestring surfer comp DVDs. For a band hailing from Miami, it sounds absolutely nothing like it should.

Sounding overall like a band chucking their instruments down several flights of stairs, Torche do to melodic Metal what Jim Jones does to rock n' roll; sodomise it to within an inch of its life then leaves it, bleeding and bruised, in a garbage strewn back alley.

There will be clever bastards who would tell you this is some sort of hybrid alt rock; well it's not. 'Harmonicraft' is a lump of truly rough as fuck rock n' roll excellence.

Get it.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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