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Formed: 1989
From: Trondheim, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Thorns News

Below is our complete Thorns news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.


Sunday Old School: BMHM Part 3. Thorns

If there's one place that springs to mind when one thinks of black metal, it's Norway. The Scandinavian country may not have invented the genre, but they certainly shaped it into what we know today. Many of the most famous names in black metal were formed in Norway, including Immortal, Darkthrone and Dimmu Borgir, but there were also plenty of cult (or should that be kvlt?) favourites, including today's featured band, Thorns.

The roots of Thorns dates back to 1989 in the city of Trondheim, when guitarist Snorre W. Ruch and vocalist/bassist Marius Vold formed the band, Stigma Diabolicum, with whom they recorded one demo, "Luna De Nocturnus," as well as releasing a rehearsal tape and a live recording, "Live in Stjørdal." They soon added to their ranks, bringing in a bassist named Harald Eilertsen, allowing Vold to concentrate on vocals, as well as drummer Bård G. Eithun, better known to black metal fans as "Faust," who would later join Emperor. The quartet changed their moniker to Thorns around 1991 when the use of Latin was becoming more prominent in black metal. More...

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Peaceville To Reissue Thorns Album

Peaceville Records has issued the following announcement about re-issuing albums from Thorns, Gehenna, and Darkthrone:

"Coming July 18th is the reissue of the masterful self-titled debut album from Thorns with 2 bonus tracks & video, along with Gehenna's fourth opus 'Adimiron Black,' which includes 6 bonus tracks & liner notes from the band.

"25th July sees the re-release of the CD edition of Darkthrone's 'Goatlord' including an extra track, lyrics booklet, new artwork & bonus commentary disc from Fenriz & Nocturno." More...

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Thorns Begins Recording New Album

Snorre Ruch of Norway's Thorns has issued the following update:

"We are in the process of recording our second album now. We are working in Oera Studio here in Trondheim with Jostein Ansnes and a couple of other good technicians. We started recording drums on September 1. and will start recording guitars and bass the coming week. Vocals will be recorded in a separate session later this fall, and we will use some time with additional instruments and recordings to accompany the basic instrumentation. We hope to deliver the master to Moonfog before Christmas and that the album will be out first quarter of 2009." More...

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New York Artist Inspired By Norwegian Black Metal

Randy Kennedy of The New York Times has issued the following report:

In Oslo in the summer of 1993, a guitarist named Snorre Ruch [THORNS mastermind] — part of Norway's emergent cult of black metal, extreme heavy metal with overtones of arson and suicide — served as the accomplice to a gruesome murder in which a musician was stabbed more than 20 times in the back and head.

Mr. Ruch drove the murderer from the scene and was later sentenced to eight years in prison, where his worldview apparently did not brighten much. (Sample lyrics from a post-prison album: "Deep down in the black slime of this earth restless limbs are at work/ Deep down beneath the dark tar of this land decrepit lungs crave air.")

So when an up-and-coming New York painter and sculptor named Banks Violette began courting Mr. Ruch by e-mail recently, trying to persuade him to compose music to accompany an artwork, Mr. Violette assumed the guitarist might brush him off, seeing him as an effete black-metal voyeur. Instead, after Mr. Ruch looked at examples of Mr. Violette's work, he replied with completely different reservations about the collaboration.

"I don't know," Mr. Ruch wrote. "You seem like a really dark person."

Sitting in a cavernous studio in Williamsburg recently, Mr. Violette laughed as he related the story.

At 31, with a master's degree in fine arts from Columbia University and the theory-laced vocabulary of a literature professor, Mr. Violette does not seem particularly dark. But behind him in the studio loomed a huge spectral structure that testified at the very least to his abiding fascination with the chaos of the world. It was a 12-foot-tall replica of a church, or more accurately the charred beams and gables left standing after a church had been burned. Instead of wood, however,the entire structure was made from salt, creating an architectural skeleton that at once evokes high Minimalism, gothic creepiness and a kind of ethereal ice-palace beauty.

The whole church, which seems to float atop a mirror-shiny platform of black epoxy, will soon be disassembled and moved to the Whitney Museum of American Art, where it will serve as Mr. Violette's first solo museum exhibition and further evidence of his rapidly rising profile in the art world. The installation, on view beginning May 27, represents an unusual amount of space and attention given to an artist so early in his career, and in a way it could be thought of as Mr. Violette's victory in the Whitney Biennial sweepstakes. A piece of his was included in last year's exhibition, and that work — another meditation on rock and death, using JUDAS PRIEST, Neil Young and Kurt Cobain as raw material — was singled out for praise by several critics. Pieces of his work are now not only in the Whitney's collection, but in those of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Saatchi collection in London.

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Satyricon Working On New Album

Satyr has posted the following:

"I just returned from a week long stay at a cabin far up in the mountains with my good friend Snorre from THORNS. We set up recording equipment and worked very focused with our new albums. I'm co-producing the new Thorns album and I also put a great deal of work into the new Satyricon record during our stay. The material is coming along really great and I hope to enter the studio with Frost late summer"-Satyr.

We will play our first London show in 2 years at the Fabric on March 3rd. More info about that later this week.

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