Detroit-based instrumental progressive death metal project Thoren, featuring current and former members of Imperial Triumphant and Pyrrhon, recently announced their third full-length album, Gwarth II. The album is set for release on Friday, February 7th via Drylands Records.
While the core members are guitarist and main songwriter Anthony Lipari alongside bassist Joseph Paquette, Gwarth II marks the second Thoren effort where drum duties were split between ex-Pyrrhon and live for Malignancy drummer Alex Cohen plus Imperial Triumphant and Secret Chief 3 drummer Kenny Grohowski. Splitting drum duties on different songs depending on where their unique styles fit best.
The album is strongly recommended for fans of Blotted Science, Behold The Arctopus, Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Meshuggah, Deathspell Omega, Martyr, Defeated Sanity, and fans of classical composer Krzysztof Penderecki.
The band partnered with No Clean Singing to premiere Thoren – “Egladhrim”.
*You can listen to Thoren – “Egladhrim” Here
No Clean Singing comments on the launch of “Egladhrim”
“Egladhrim” has no vocals, and once you hear it the reason is obvious: A normal human voice couldn’t possibly keep up with the rocketing pace of the music, nor contort vowels or syllables in a way that would match the blinding exuberance and mercurial morphing of the music. It’s difficult enough to imagine that human beings are performing the instruments — easier to imagine the sudden appearance overhead of an alien hive swarm furiously constructing a devilishly intricate device that, when ready, will burn a hole straight through the planet.”
Thoren – Gwarth II Pre-order Link
Thoren – Gwarth II Line-Up
Anthony Lipari – Guitars (Evilyn, Vihaan)
Joseph Paquette – Bass (Evilyn)
Alex Cohen – Drums (Live for Malignancy, ex-Pyrrhon, Involuntary Convulsion, etc.)
Kenny Grohowski – Drums (Imperial Triumphant, Secret Chiefs 3, etc.)