"Filling the gap left behind by Every Time I Die"
"This debut album is a ten-track scorcher"
"This band actually have something to say and Solace leaves it's listeners fired up and ready to take on the world."
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 Ollie Sitford joined in 2021.
With influences ranging from Every Time I Die to Pantera, Torchbearer combines in-your-face riffs, vicious vocals and catchy melodies to create a distinctive sound. This sound is captured on the band’s two EPs and one studio album Solace, which was released in 2022.
Produced by Charlie Wilson (TRC, Counting Days), Solace provides a glimpse into Torchbearer's relentless ethos and approach with lyrics addressing racial prejudice, police brutality, corruption, confinement and mental health, leading to a blistering, visceral listen.
Torchbearer has toured nationally and is known for their powerful live show, which eschews gimmicks and technology in favour of full-throttle, high-energy performance.
“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