Stoner metal or sludge metal? This is the question one must ask when listening to Torche’s newest album, Restarter. I don’t have enough background on this question to really offer an opinion, although I will say I am kind of taken with the innumerable appellations metal adopts for its different strains. (Extreme, symphonic, speed, death, melodic death, doom, neoclassical … Stoner? Sludge?) Again, I can’t really say which category this album falls under, but I can say I found Restarter pleasingly dynamic and aggressive with engaging cover art and … there’s a song about “minions”. Give it a listen, you may find a whole new world beyond Despicable Me.
Suggested Use: For those mornings when you need a recuperative blast of speaker burn for your drive to work, try Restarter … a metal album, not a hair product, with a more than apt name.