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Review: Torch - Reignited

Label: Metalville Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 42:10
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: November 8, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)

I remember Sweden's Torch from back in the '80s, more for their horrible album art than for their music, which was rather generic as I recall. Fast-forward about 35 years from when I last heard anything by them (I had their self-titled debut but traded it away shortly after getting it) and here I sit listening to their fourth album, Reignited. Everything about this album is so much better than I remember or was expecting (including the artwork, which is pretty cool). The album is full of rocking, fist-pumping metal punctuated by a pounding rhythm section supporting vocals and guitars that are chock-full of grit and fire. Tracks like "Collateral Damage" and "To the Devil His Due" just kick all kinds of ass with anthemic backing vocals and catchy choruses that will stick in your head immediately. Some songs are more memorable than others but there isn't a dud in the bunch and the album is over long before you want it to be. Four fifths of the original line up (from the debut) are still with the band and all sound like far fewer years have passed that is the reality. I am truly impressed with the quality of Reignited and if you are into modern Accept and classic released from bands like Crossfire, Thor, Trance, etc. you will be, too. It's always great to see an original '80s band crush it after so many years.

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