Thorns (band)

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Thorns
Origin Trondheim, Norway
Genres Black metal
Electronic music
Years active1989–present
Labels Moonfog Productions
Associated acts Dødheimsgard, Mayhem, Satyricon, Emperor

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.

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.

The early Norwegian black metal scene of the 1990s is credited with creating the modern black metal genre and produced some of the most acclaimed and influential artists in extreme metal. It attracted massive media attention when it was revealed that its members had been responsible for two murders and a wave of church burnings in Norway.

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Biography

In 1989, Snorre W. Ruch and Marius Vold formed the band Stigma Diabolicum and recorded one demo. [1] In 1990, bass player Harald Eilertsen and drummer Bård G. Eithun joined. [1] As the use of Latin within black metal "had escalated" (according to the Stigma Diabolicum re-release booklet), the name was changed to Thorns in 1991. [1] The same year, Eilertsen and Ruch recorded the Grymyrk demo, [1] which had a great impact on the black metal scene and, together with Mayhem guitarist Euronymous, coined the Norwegian black metal riffing, as Darkthrone drummer Fenriz points out. [2] As the band members were "spread far across Norway", they could rarely rehearse; some of the rehearsals were recorded on tape. [1] In 1992, the Trøndertun demo was recorded. [1] The same year, Ruch became Mayhem's second guitarist and disbanded Thorns for a few months. [1]

Mayhem (band) Norwegian black metal band

Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, Norway. They were one of the founders of the Norwegian black metal scene and their music has strongly influenced the black metal genre. Mayhem's early career was highly controversial, primarily due to their notorious live performances, the 1991 suicide of vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin ("Dead") and the 1993 murder of guitarist Øystein Aarseth ("Euronymous") by former member Varg Vikernes of Burzum.

Euronymous Norwegian heavy metal musician

Øystein Aarseth, better known by his stage name Euronymous, was a Norwegian musician. Euronymous was a founder of and central figure in the early Norwegian black metal scene. He was a co-founder and guitarist of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem and was the only constant member from the band's formation in 1984 until his death in 1993. He was also founder and owner of the extreme metal record label Deathlike Silence Productions and record shop Helvete.

Darkthrone is a black metal band from Kolbotn, Norway, formed in 1986 as a death metal band under the name Black Death. In 1991, the band embraced a black metal style influenced by Bathory and Celtic Frost and became one of the leading bands in the Norwegian black metal scene.

In 1994, Snorre was sentenced to 8 years in prison for "being an accomplice" in the murder of Euronymous. However, according to Euronymous's killer, Varg Vikernes, Ruch was merely "in the wrong place at the wrong time". [3]

Varg Vikernes Norwegian musician, writer and convicted murderer

Louis Cachet, more popularly known as Varg Vikernes, is a Norwegian musician and writer. In 1991, he founded the one-man music project Burzum, which became one of the most influential black metal acts. In 1993, he was convicted of murder and arson, and subsequently served 15 years in prison.

After a long period of silence due to Ruch's imprisonment for being an accomplice in the murder of Euronymous, Thorns reappeared in 1999 with the split album Thorns vs. Emperor, consisting mainly of old Thorns songs performed by Emperor and vice versa. Then, in 2001, the debut album Thorns was released, with Hellhammer on drums and vocals by Satyr and Dødheimsgard's Aldrahn.

<i>Thorns</i> (Thorns album) 2001 studio album by Thorns

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

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.

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

In October 2007, Greek label Kyrck Productions released the Stigma Diabolicum compilation, which featured both the Grymyrk and Trøndertun demos, as well as material from the Stigma Diabolicum demos Lacus de Luna and Luna de Nocturnus and two tracks ("Thule" and "Fall") from a 1991 Thorns rehearsal.

A follow up to the 2001 debut was announced in September 2008. [4]

The band line up has undergone significant changes since the 2001 album. Snorre is still handling the guitars and Aldrahn will be performing all the vocals on the upcoming album. Bassist Jon Wesseltoft, guitarist Christian Broholt, and drummer Kenneth Kapstad have joined the band.

Members

Former members

Discography

Demos
Studio albums
Other releases

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Thorns: Stigma Diabolicum (A5 Leatherbook version), Kyrck Productions 2007.
  2. Bill Zebub: Black Metal: A Documentary, Bill Zebub Productions 2007.
  3. Varg Vikernes: A Burzum Story: Part II - Euronymous.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2010-09-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)