TORCH - SELF-TITLED French release on Sword Records 12" LP Vinyl Album

  Torch is a Heavy Metal band from Sweden and is evolving from the former "Black Widow" band. Torch has been active from the year 1980 until 1986 and resurrected in 2003.

  This is their first official full-length album and was released in 1983. The production and sound engineering was in hands of "Thomas Summo". It was recorded at the Popstudio, mixed at "Studio Bastun" and Mastered at Polar. Album cover art was designed by "Kjelle Lindgren", co-designed by Jane M. who also did the photography

Note: on the bottom left corner of the album front cover there is the "Bernett" logo.


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Album Description & Collectors information:


Swedish Heavy Metal / Metalcore

Music Genre:

Swedish Heavy Metal / Metalcore 

Production Team:

Thomas Sunmo - Sound Engineer
Jane M. - Covrt Art, Photography
Kjelle Lindgren - Artwork

Record Label Information:

Sword Records (a division by Tandan Records) Bernett Records, SB 18046

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1984 Made in France
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: TORCH - S/T Self-Titled
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Dan Dark (Lead Vocals),
  • Claus Wildt (Guitars)
  • Chris J. First (Guitars),
  • Ian Greg (Bass),
  • Steve Streaker (Drums).


Chris J. First - Guitars, Claus Wild - Guitars and Steve Streaker - Drums have been performing in the Black Widow band before joining Torch in the year 1980.

Complete Track-listing of the album "TORCH - S/T Self-Titled"

The detailed tracklist of this record "TORCH - S/T Self-Titled" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. Warlock
  2. Beauty and the Beast
  3. Watcher of the Night
  4. Rage Age
  5. Beyond the Threshold of Pain
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. Battle Axe
  2. Hatchet Man
  3. Sweet Desire
  4. Sinister Eyes
  5. Gladiator
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Close-up Photo of Red Bernett Record label for the album "TORCH - S/T Self-Titled" in France  

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Torch: Influential Swedish Heavy Metal Band of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal Movement

TORCH Band Information:

Torch is a Swedish heavy metal band that was formed in 1980. The band's original lineup consisted of Dan Dark (vocals), Chris J First (guitar), Steve Streaker (guitar), Kepa Cabeza (bass), and Ian Greg (drums). Torch was a part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, which was a music scene that emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s in the United Kingdom.

Torch's music was characterized by powerful guitar riffs, driving rhythms, and powerful vocals. The band's sound was heavily influenced by classic heavy metal bands such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Motörhead. Torch's music was also influenced by the punk rock movement, which was a key component of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

The band released their debut album, "Torch", in 1982. The album received critical acclaim and was a commercial success in Europe. The album's standout tracks include "Warlock", "Assassin", and "Beyond the Threshold of Pain". Torch's second album, "Electrikiss", was released in 1984. The album was also well-received by critics and fans alike. The album's lead single, "Mystery Lover", became a hit in Sweden and other European countries.

Torch continued to tour extensively throughout the 1980s, playing shows across Europe and the United States. The band also released several more albums, including "Fire Raiser" (1983) and "Dark Sinner" (1986). However, despite their success, Torch never achieved the level of commercial success that some of their peers did. The band's music was always well-regarded by heavy metal fans, but they never achieved the mainstream success that bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest did.

Despite their lack of commercial success, Torch remains a highly respected band within the heavy metal community. The band's music was influential in the development of the power metal and thrash metal subgenres of heavy metal. Torch's powerful guitar riffs, driving rhythms, and melodic vocals were a major influence on bands like Helloween, Gamma Ray, and Blind Guardian.

In addition to their musical influence, Torch was also notable for their stage presence. The band's live shows were energetic and dynamic, with the members of the band constantly moving around and interacting with the crowd. Dan Dark was a charismatic frontman, known for his powerful vocals and his ability to engage with the audience.

Torch disbanded in 1990, but their music continues to be highly regarded by heavy metal fans. The band's influence can still be heard in the music of many modern heavy metal bands. Torch's legacy is a testament to the enduring power of heavy metal music, and the impact that even relatively obscure bands can have on the development of a genre. 

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