Long-running death doom collective ON THORNS I LAY today unveils their anticipated new full-length Aegean Sorrow via Alone Records.
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ON THORNS I LAY’s Aegean Sorrow is out now on CD and digital formats via Alone Records and on vinyl via The Vinyl Division. For CD orders, go to THIS LOCATION. For vinyl orders, goHERE.
Aegean Sorrow was captured at Devasoundz Studios by Fotis Benardo (Rotting Christ, Septic Flesh etc.) and mixed and mastered at Unisound AB Studio by Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath, Pan.Thy.Monium, Incision etc.). Easily among the most intense records of their more than twenty-year career, Aegean Sorrow fuses seemingly clashing concepts of catchy melodies and an incessantly mournful ambiance throughout. “We never stopped listening to our favorite albums – simple atmospheric doom death metal music since our formative years – so this is how Aegean Sorrow was created,” the band notes. “It is a mix taken from our first demos and our first four albums back in the ’90s, but with a modern sound. It is exactly what we love to hear, first of all, as fans. No trends, just pure feelings and music. Aegean Sorrow is the music we have dreamed of since we were teenagers. Waves of emotions flow over and over; it is a magical journey into the depth of our soul.”
ON THORNS I LAY began as a death metal band in 1992 under the name of Paralysis. By 1993 they changed their name to Phlebotomy and released the Beyond The Chaos demo and the Dawn Of Grief EP. The following year they settled on the name ON THORNS I LAY and recorded theVoluptuous demo which draw attention of France’s Holy Records who went on to release the death/doom sounds of their Sound Of Beautiful Experience debut. The band released five more albums and played countless shows and top festivals with the likes of Dream Theater, In Flames, Anathema, Amorphis, Katatonia, Septic Flesh, and many more before going on a twelve-year hiatus. 2015’s Eternal Silence meant the return of the band, back to the roots, playing traditional gothic-inspired doom metal at its best and reaping critical accolades from fans and media across the globe. And now, 2018 ushers in Aegean Sorrow.
“…an intensely focused doom-death record that is effective at evoking its desired mood… ON THORNS I LAY are as powerful and poignant as ever.” — Invisible Oranges
“An album that reaches far in its scope and influences, Aegean Sorrow sees the group refine their formula as they look toward a new chapter of their career.” — Decibel
“… impressive … This album is littered with slick doom riffs and lovely harmonies, and the acoustic work is exquisite. The keyboards by Antony are evocative and subdued, and the drums have a great pop to them as kit man Fotis Hondroudakis plays with economy, adding a lot while doing relatively little.” — Angry Metal Guy
“Aegean Sorrow finds ON THORNS I LAY at the very height of their creative energies, and the results found within are nothing short of epic in scope. A sweeping amalgamation of death and doom may be witnessed when checking into depressive sonnets unleashed by ON THORNS I LAY, and what a sonic adventure they have in store for both their ardent fan base and new converts.” — Highwire Daze
“…a brilliant release that combines their older sound with a modern edge and of course the brilliance of Dan Swanö in the mixing and mastering department.” — Infernal Masquerade
“…a really solid 45 minutes of depressive melodic death/doom.” — Grizzly Butts
“…an homage to melo death itself. It tries to capture romantic, yet progressive ideas of a genre that is almost an oxymoron… definitely one of the more sophisticated and better releases of the genre. The playful orchestration also helps the record retain a sense of adventurism.” — Itdjents
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