9. Torche: Meanderthal (Hydra Head)
Meanderthal, the second full-length from Miami-based Torche, is in essence, a big “fuck you” to naysayers who would have you believe there is nothing fresh to be heard in rock ‘n’ roll.
Between the driving rhythms of “Speed of the Nail,” the punk-pop blend of “Healer,” and undercurrents of sludge, the album is accessible without losing any of its punch (these ain’t no “monster ballads”). Meanderthal is a wholly original, powerful album that will resonate with listeners for years and will undoubtedly mark a turning point in the band’s career and musical legacy.