Label: Lifeforce Records
Release date: 21.02.2020
The magnificent melodeath doom band On Thorns I Lay released their 9th album “Threnos”. The whole vibe definitely feels like a brutal chapter from a Greek tragedy with that title.
“Threnos” was my first time hearing this band´s music and immediately I regretted that I had been deprived of that pleasure for all those years. “Threnos” and On Thorns I Lay will address to you especially if you´re a fan of nordic melodic death representatives such as Swallow The Sun, Insomnium and Wolfheart and all the way down from Greece; the heart of the Mediterranean, these guys certainly achieve that chilling elegiac sound.
Their updated death roots and rather grave sound can be caught in their latest works including their previous long plays; “Aegean Sorrow” of 2018 and 2015´s “Eternal Silence”.
My absolute favorites ended up being the the title track Threnos, majesticly melodic Erynies with its somewhat subtractive rhythm pattern, and the epic ordeal Odysseia. The Song of Sirens as an opener is a already nominee to be a classic in the world of doom metal in my humble opinion. The classical rendition of strings on Ouranio Deos gives you the chills. I appreciated the female voiced recital of poetic verses in Greek throughout the tracks. It adds so much to the tragedia atmosphere of the record.
On Thorns I Lay totally deserve a standing ovation with this gem of an effort called “Threnos”.
1.The Song of Sirens