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WARRIOR - THE EP
Remove the mask and step into daylight face to face with my dark side. There is 'Catharsis in Karma.’ All Torchbearer songs are personal to my (Andy, frontman) experiences, Catharsis in Karma is particularly poignant for me. It’s a message of self-accountability. We all suffer misfortunes, we have all been disappointed by failure. What’s our reaction to this? If we solely blame another person, a higher power or bad luck, we can be consumed by bitterness and resentment. If we are able to look at ourselves and take responsibility for our own part in this, we can learn from our mistakes, grow from the experience and move forward with positivity.
Riffs from Ollie Gould that represent how he was feeling at the time. The band has had more than their fair share of uncertainty. This video conveys who the band really are in their honest and transparent state. Stripped back and hiding behind no gimmicks.
Torchbearer is an unsigned metal band from South Wales and London formed in 2016 by guitarist / vocalist Ollie Gould, bassist Mo Bashir and vocalist Andy Mansell. Current drummer Sol Radley joined at the start of 2023. Torchbearer combines in-your-face riffs, vicious vocals and catchy melodies to create a distinctive sound.
“This release covers personal topics such as bereavement, anxiety, trauma, insecurity and self-accountability with the overarching theme of not just endurance, but triumph. Torchbearer do not wallow in despair, but aim to provide a source of hope. This is why “Warrior” was a fitting title-track.”
"Torchbearer’s music transcends the boundaries of metal, weaving a tapestry of raw emotion, personal triumph, and unyielding determination. ‘Vindication,’ is a testament to the healing power of music and the indomitable spirit that drives these unsigned heroes to new heights. With each heart-pounding performance, Torchbearer lights the way for listeners to find hope amidst life’s darkest challenges.” - rockcharts.news
"Filling the gap left behind by Every Time I Die" - Music Trespass
"This record is hard as nails, and if you like LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED or PANTERA then you’d be silly to miss this one" - Distorted Sound Magazine
“Where many of their contemporaries settle for playing the same types of punk and hardcore as their heroes, Torchbearer bring something new and refreshing to the table.” – Down For Life
"Their debut album is a ten-track scorcher" - Metal Digest
"This band actually have something to say and Solace leaves it's listeners fired up and ready to take on the world." - Distorted Sound