Thorns (Thorns album)

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Thorns
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Studio album by Thorns
Released 2001
Recorded 1998–2000
Genre Black metal, industrial metal
Length48:02
Label Moonfog
Producer Snorre W. Ruch, Satyr
Thorns chronology
Thorns vs. Emperor
(1999)
Thorns
(2001)
Stigma Diabolicum
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Chronicles of Chaos 9/10 [2]

Thorns is the debut studio album by Norwegian black metal band Thorns. It was released in 2001, through Moonfog Productions.

Norway constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northwestern Europe whose territory comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.

Black metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. Common traits include fast tempos, a shrieking vocal style, heavily distorted guitars played with tremolo picking, raw (lo-fi) recording, unconventional song structures, and an emphasis on atmosphere. Artists often appear in corpse paint and adopt pseudonyms.

Thorns is a Norwegian black metal band that formed in 1989 and was part of the early Norwegian black metal scene. They made two highly influential demos in the early 1990s, Grymyrk and Trøndertun, but have only released one full-length album.

Contents

The album features guest appearances from Satyr (of Satyricon), Aldrahn (of Dødheimsgard) and Hellhammer (of Mayhem). Stylistically, Thorns is quite different from both Trøndertun and the first Thorns demo, Grymyrk . While it retains the eerie riff structures of those early releases, it displays a strong industrial influence, particularly on tracks like "Shifting Channels" and "Underneath the Universe, Part 1".

Sigurd Wongraven Norwegian musician

Satyr is the vocalist, lead and rhythm guitarist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Norwegian black metal band Satyricon.

Satyricon (band) Norwegian metal band

Satyricon is a Norwegian black metal band, formed in 1991 in Oslo. Satyr and Frost have been the band's core members since 1993. The band's first three albums typify the Norwegian black metal style. Since its fourth album in 1999, the band has strayed from this style and included elements of traditional heavy metal in their sound. Satyricon was the first Norwegian black metal band to join a multi-national record label (EMI).

Dødheimsgard Norwegian extreme metal band

Dødheimsgard is a Norwegian extreme metal band formed in 1994. Dødheimsgard was originally a black metal band, but 1999's 666 International saw them change into an experimental and avant-garde / industrial metal band. In 2000, they shortened their name to DHG.

Samples

The samples "Jesus, what a mindjob" and "So you're here to save the world" in the song "Existence" are taken from the 1999 film The Matrix .

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The Matrix is a 1999 science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowskis and starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano. It depicts a dystopian future in which humanity is unknowingly trapped inside a simulated reality called the Matrix, created by thought-capable machines to control humans while using their bodies as an energy source. Hacker and computer programmer Neo learns this truth and "is drawn into a rebellion against the machines", which involves other people who have been freed from the Matrix.

Track listing

All music composed by Snorre Ruch.

No.TitleLyricsLength
1."Existence"Ruch4:11
2."World Playground Deceit" Satyr 7:07
3."Shifting Channels"Aldrahn6:16
4."Stellar Master Elite"Ruch3:52
5."Underneath the Universe 1" (instrumental) 7:47
6."Underneath the Universe 2"Aldrahn7:29
7."Interface to God"Ruch4:35
8."Vortex"Ruch6:45

Personnel

Record producer individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

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Jan Axel Blomberg Norwegian heavy metal drummer of the band Mayhem

Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg is a Norwegian heavy metal drummer. He is best known as the drummer of Mayhem, which he joined in 1988. In 1987 Blomberg formed the avant-garde black metal band Arcturus with Steinar Sverd Johnsen, which broke up in April 2007 and reunited in 2011. He named himself after the Swiss extreme metal band Hellhammer. Praised as a talented musician, Blomberg is a three-time winner of the Spellemannprisen award.

Production
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References

  1. Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Thorns – Thorns : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic . Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  2. Flaaten, Chris (13 May 2001). "CoC : Thorns – Thorns : Review". Chronicles of Chaos . Retrieved 16 September 2012.