It was in 2004 that the American rock band Torche released its debut album; in 2007 the band followed it up with the release of 7 track mini-album 'In Return' through the Rock Action record label though and contained here is a grand total of 20 minutes of music. It's a pretty interesting seven track release and if you like your rock music to be played hard and heavy then you should quite appreciate the sound of Torche.
This mini-album storms into action with 'Warship', it's a great way to begin the release and Torche does here show itself to be an absolutely excellent band. Vocals are barely used in this track and the instrumental side of things is therefore left to do the vast majority of the talking. It's an enjoyable track and if you like heavy instrumental rock music then the music should most definitely be of appeal.
With all of the tracks present on this release the music is at least 50% instrumental. Vocals do play a fairly large part in the sound at times, most of the time however it is the guitar work which makes the band's music come across so strongly and the drumbeats also which sound so brilliant here. This is one incredibly talented bunch of musicians and the rock sounds which the band creates here really do require to be heard for their brilliance to be fully understood.
All seven of these tracks are intelligent and supremely strong in their composition; there is never a dull moment here and from first track 'Warship' right through to closing number 'Hellion' the music is always exceptionally well worked here. It's hard to describe the tracks individually as all seven are so instrumental based and I feel I'd end up repeating myself to a tedious degree; what I can tell you about this mini-album however is that with every track there is a great deal of guitar distortion and a pummelling drum sound which has here been achieved.
If you're someone that requires for vocals with your music then this will not be one for you; there are not many vocal parts present here but when they do come they are always roared out ferociously. The vocals are distorted in the same way that the guitar riffs are and this is something that really does work out incredibly well for Torche here; it really helps to add to the atmosphere and further the brilliance of this release.
For all rock fans of the world I'd definitely recommend giving 'In Return' a listen, you won't find much in the way of vocals but what you will hear here is a lot of succulent instrumental play. All of the bands musicians are excellent and I really do feel that there is a huge degree of intelligence behind the music here. The music is always compelling to listen to and listening to this 20 minute mini-album is therefore an absolute treat. Give this seven track release a listen and prepare to be blown away by the bands heaviness and truly exquisite musicianship.
Label: Rock Action
Release Date: October 15th 2007
Originally posted by me on my website Alt-UK.com