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.
Chaotic yet meticulously arranged, Gwarth II is instrumental metal for the technical death metal, dissonant black metal, and progressive death metal crowd specifically. 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 Technical Music Review to premiere Thoren – “Gorthad”.
*You can listen to Thoren – “Gorthad” HERE
You can also listen to single #1 “Gwarth” HERE
Technical Music Review comments on the launch of “Gorthad”
“Ever since we started promoting this project, we’ve seen the band grow as artists tremendously. This quick, furious, and odd song showcases how much great music can be crammed into a short 2:18 run-time!”
“If you dig unconventional, avant-garde style metal without vocals you will love this group. Just like the last album “Gwarth I”, this upcoming release marks the end of this two album cycle. Both releases have a black metal sound added to them that makes their sound even more diverse than it already was.”
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.)