Thrall (metal band)

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Thrall, previously called “Thy Plagues”
Background information
Origin Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Genres Black metal
Years active 2005–2015
Labels Moribund Cult Records, Total Holocaust Records, Obsidian Records Eisenwald Records
Associated acts Ruins, The Grimm
Website Official Myspace Website
Official Website

Thrall (formerly known as Thy Plagues) is a black metal band formed in Hobart, Tasmania, [1] currently signed to Moribund Records.

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.

Hobart City in Tasmania, Australia

Hobart is the capital and most populous city of the Australian island state of Tasmania. With a population of approximately 225,000, it is the least populated Australian state capital city, and second smallest if territories are taken into account. Founded in 1804 as a British penal colony, Hobart, formerly known as Hobart Town or Hobarton, is Australia's second oldest capital city after Sydney, New South Wales. Prior to British settlement, the Hobart area had been occupied for possibly as long as 35,000 years, by the semi-nomadic Mouheneener tribe, a sub-group of the Nuennone, or South-East tribe. The descendants of these Aboriginal Tasmanians often refer to themselves as 'Palawa'.

Tasmania island state of Australia

Tasmania is an island state of Australia. It is located 240 km (150 mi) to the south of the Australian mainland, separated by Bass Strait. The state encompasses the main island of Tasmania, the 26th-largest island in the world, and the surrounding 334 islands. The state has a population of around 526,700 as of March 2018. Just over forty percent of the population resides in the Greater Hobart precinct, which forms the metropolitan area of the state capital and largest city, Hobart.

Contents

Early work and Away from the Haunts of Men

Thrall began as Tom Void's solo, drum-machine black metal project in 2005. In this guise, a demo titled Wrath Eternal - a punishing, reverb-soaked, Leviathan-esque four-track recording, limited to only 20 CD-R copies - was released. Void recruited Em Støy to provide a bass accompaniment to the drum machine for live shows.

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For their first album, Away from the Haunts of Men, Tom Void played all instruments, and programmed the drums. [2] When recording the first album, the decision was made to change the band name to Thrall. The album featured guest vocals by Alex Pope from Ruins [3] and Trent Griggs, the studio engineer and one-man black metal band Throes. In return, Void contributed vocals to the Ruins album Cauldron [4] The album was released on Total Holocaust Records (Sweden) in June 2010 in Europe in a lavish, silver-foiled digi-pack edition limited to 500 copies. Later a North American edition was released by Moribund Records (USA), with an enhanced CD featuring a film clip made by Janssen Herr (a fellow Tasmanian residing in Sweden). Reviews noted the “dark, atmospheric” feel of the album, Void’s throat-butchering singing style, and the varied feels and paces of the songs. [5]

<i>Cauldron</i> (Ruins album) album by Ruins

Cauldron is a 2008 album by Ruins.

Moribund Records, also known as Moribund Cult or just Moribund, is an extreme metal record label based out of Port Orchard, Washington.

Void and Støy relocated to Osaka, Japan, in 2008, while the first album was being mixed. Støy moved to drums and the band recruited a live bass player, Rob Crompton, to enable Thrall to make the switch from studio band to a live band. [6] Void and Støy also experimented with a two-piece line up at several shows. [7]

Osaka Designated city in Kansai, Japan

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Japan Constitutional monarchy in East Asia

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Vermin to the Earth

Vermin to the Earth featured Void on guitar and bass, and Støy on drums, with vocals provided by both members. The second album was released simultaneously on 25 October 2011 by Moribund Records (USA) and Obsidian Records (Australia). [8] Vermin to the Earth has been described as "desolate," "mid-paced" [9] and "extinction crazed." [10] During the final months of living in Japan, Void and Støy began composing Thrall's third album, Aokigahara Jukai.

Upon returning to Tasmania in 2010, Void and Støy recruited Leigh Ritson (ex-Disseminate) to play bass for their Australian line up. Three months after returning to Tasmania, Void and Støy relocated to Melbourne and recruited Ramez Bathish (ex-ABC Weapons and Whitehorse) into the live incarnation of Thrall to play second guitar. [11] Thrall have played major Australian metal festivals including Armageddon Festival in Sydney, High Voltage Festival in Melbourne. Void and Støy also continued to play two-piece shows on occasion, including their New Zealand tour with Creeping in November 2010 and a Satanic baptism in 2012. [12]

Melbourne City in Victoria, Australia

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Its name refers to an urban agglomeration of 9,992.5 km2 (3,858.1 sq mi), comprising a metropolitan area with 31 municipalities, and is also the common name for its city centre. The city occupies much of the coastline of Port Phillip bay and spreads into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedon ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. It has a population of approximately 4.9 million, and its inhabitants are referred to as "Melburnians".

Aokigahara Jukai

Thrall completed a tour of Japan in early 2013, and announced release dates for their third studio album Aokigahara Jukai on CD on Moribund Cult, and LP on Eisenwald Germany in the final months of 2013. [13] The album is an exploration of themes relating to the eponymous Aokigahara suicide forest in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan that Thrall visited during their Japanese tour.

Soon after the Japanese tour concluded, Thrall announced that Okkvinkalfa of Hordes of the Black Cross would replace Ritson on bass.

Entropy

After Støy's mother died, Void and Støy concluded the classic Thrall line up, with Støy's final performance on the Entropy EP released through the band's bandcamp page. [14] A short lived attempt to continue with a new live line up concluded in May 2015. Void has since announced that he will continue his music through a new project, Nieves Penitentes.

Visual

Void is a distinctive visual artist, and provided all the album artwork for all the Thrall albums. He has also done artwork for Ruins, Whitehorse, Necros Manteia, Dead River Runs Dry and Regnum. [15]

Releases

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References

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  2. Tom Void makes reference to programming drums. 23, Mercury. "Interviewing Thrall from Tasmania" 14 October 2010, retrieved 13 September 2011.
  3. Thrall's official website. "Members" retrieved 13 September 2011.
  4. Tom Void discusses singing on "Upon these Skeletons (Bury the Dead)." ibid "Interviewing Thrall from Tasmania"
  5. Thrall's official website. "Reviews of Away from the Haunts of Men" retrieved 13 September 2011.
  6. Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives, Past Members retrieved 7 February 2012
  7. Thrall refer to two-piece line up: Ramos, Octavio. Alburqueque Examiner. "Take Five: An Interview with Australia's Thrall" 7 October 2010, retrieved 13 September 2011.
  8. Thrall's recording dosier. Highwire, Ken. "Thrall to release new album on Moribund" 15 June 2011, retrieved 13 September 2011.
  9. Thrall's Official Website Vermin to the Earth Reviews retrieved 6 February 2012
  10. 5 Bands to Watch Heavy Metal Spotlight
  11. Em Støy describes the line up changes. Blistering Light
  12. Thrall radio interview, Saturday 24 November 2012, http://www.pbsfm.org.au/burningbitumen/playlists
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  14. https://thrall.bandcamp.com/
  15. Tom Void's Drawing Site Void Atom

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