Chuck Schuldiner Project

Thursday, December 12, 2019

On Thorns I Lay - Threnos

Man this has been a truly excellent year for death-doom. So many masterful bands have come out with their best releases to date from Officium Triste to November's Doom. There must be something in the water. All this being said - Threnos is the latest from On Thorns I Lay and it represents exactly the sort of excellence that this latest wave of thrilling death-doom has come to represent. Dynamic and powerful, Threnos is a fitting reminder that On Thorns I Lay decades long legacy is very well merited.

The first thing that gets me about this record is what's always impressed me about On Thorns I Lay - the sheer quality of the guitar tone. That being said it certainly feels like the production on Threnos is a head and shoulders above anything the band has done prior. The masterful melodic guitars in particular seem to elevate what the band is capable of. It's hard not to get excited by the dynamic and over the top magic of these tracks. This is death doom consistently executed at a wonderfully high level. It routinely points to just how good On Thorns I Lay have always been and fascinates in its breadth.

Threnos is a statement - and a powerful one at that. It's a rallying cry and a reminder that this band won't just go away, instead they are going to continually put out better and more exciting releases. Nine albums into their storied career, Threnos shows that On Thorns I Lay remain skilled and full of fresh ideas. The explorations of sorrow that pepper this record are easy to get lost in. Include the gorgeous production and the potent atmospheres of Threnos and you've got yourself something special!

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