Detroit-based instrumental progressive death metal project Thoren, featuring current and former members of Imperial Triumphant and Pyrrhon, are now on the cusp of unleashing their third full-length album, Gwarth II. The album is set for release this 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 Toilet ov Hell today to launch an early full stream of Gwarth II.
*You can listen to Thoren – Gwarth II HERE
Toilet Ov Hell comments on the launch of Gwarth II
“Thoren last graced our ears in November of 2018 with Gwarth I, and now that our brains have had some time to recuperate, they’re ready to hit us with the followup. As I said back then, Thoren’s music is intentionally challenging and impenetrable, more so than many of their dissonant contemporaries. It’s more akin to Blotted Science or Behold the Arctopus than, say, Sunless or Ulcerate. In other words, it’s nasty as all hell and pretty damned difficult to follow.But follow we shall. Maybe I’m just a bit more accustomed to this style of music now than I was a year and a half ago, but Gwarth II feels a bit more easily digested than its older brother. It’s still wild and dense to be sure, but it has the barest hint of restraint in its chaotic soundscapes.”
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.)
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