We had the chance to check out the new work from Light The Torch before its release at the end of the month. This is what we thought of their new album.
The boys are back with a new name and an awesome new sound. Light the Torch (formerly known as Devil You Know) consists of Howard Jones (vocals), Francesco Artusato (guitars) Ryan Wombacher (bass) and Mike Sciulara (drums). The guys have been busy creating an album under the radar and are set to release their full-length debut ‘Revival’ via Nuclear Blast on March 30th, 2018.
It was late July 2017 that the boys released an official statement that they had changed their name for legal reasons. Everyone was interested in what they were up to and by early February 2018, they hit us with the first single Die Alone.
The power of this song is phenomenal and that power flows throughout the whole album. It is cleverly-written with some strong vocal presence. Not that you would expect any less having Jones on the mic. But the melodies with Wombacher are harmonically-rich taking this album above anything they have done before.
This album seems effortless and the songs are written in such a way that transcends you to a sculptural wonderland. It is not just the vocals that are outstanding on this album but the instrumentation contains thunderous riffs and epic breakdowns. Each song offers you a truckload of hooks that just keeps you wanting more.
The album showcases every aspect of talent the boys possess, and you can see they are opening doors for an amazing future for the fans of Light The Torch. Fans are not going to be able to get enough of these songs and they are going to be chanting them at every show affirming the rumours of the album’s greatness.
The layout and execution of this album are out of this world. If you are looking for Devil You Know you are not going to get it. The guys have changed up their sound from that period. “It was time for a change,” Howard states. “It was time for us to try and stretch our wings. We were really going for songs. The structuring made more sense. I was focused on melody and harmony. I really cut loose. All in all, it was the perfect storm. We had so much fun making this because there were really no restrictions other than creating a heavy and catchy body of work.”
Light The Torch have said on their Facebook page that they are not turning their back on those songs and plan to still play them at their shows, so they are not gone forever, which is great news for all of us.
There are 12 tracks in total on this album. You know how some albums you love the band but they have that one song that you find yourself skipping over or that one you don’t even want in your playlist? This album doesn’t have one bad song at all. They are all songs that get better with repeated play. We were hard-pressed to nail down the stand out tracks, but stand out tracks off this album are, Safety Of Disbelief, Lost In The Fire, Virus and The Bitter End.
This is a hard-hitting album, with amazing melodies that are transcendent, and guitar work on that is mesmerizing. You also can’t go past the killer work of the bass and drums on this record.
This has been a major highlight of the year so far and we believe this album is not one to miss.
Revival is out on March 30. You can order the album here.