Album Premiere: Thonian Horde – Inconnu

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The word of the day is “Riffs”

Thonian Horde is straight outta Frederick, Maryland. If you, like me, hadn’t previously heard of this crew and you dig gnarly riffage then, buddy, you better strap in and learn something. Though most of the dudes in TH spend their time playing in stoner outfits like Weed is Weed and Admiral Browning, Thonian Horde is fully centered in bodacious riff-heavy black n’ roll. Fellas, if you wanna hear black metal through the lens of a smoky roadhouse, Inconnu delivers the goods.

Inconnu plays out as a study in the Riff. Guitarists Darren “Dirty” Waters” and Dan “D-Mize” Mize go above and beyond the call of the Riff by shredding through some of the tightest black metal and hard rock you’ve heard in a month of Sundays. Highlights include “Atrocious” which opens with sweaty, hazy atmospherics but soon launches into a brazen stomp that will snap your neck. “Hell Train” hits a sweet spot between Dissection and sleazy rawk n’ roll. Interlude “The Eleventh Dream” and the first minute and a half of “Five Rivers of Hades” are agonizingly sparse, but the wait is totally worth it for the hellaciously ripping riffs of the latter track, easily my favorite guitar attack on the whole record. The title track “Inconnu” is the platonic ideal of black n’ roll; extremely rockin’, extremely black metal. “Organized Oppression” and “Iris Effect” immediately recall the black metal riff stylings of Immortal; both are imminently headbangable.

But don’t just take my word for it. Check out our exclusive premiere of Inconnu right here!

Inconnu is out Friday on limited edition CD and digital download. Pick it up here and stay up to date with Thonian Horde and Grimoire Records on Facebook.

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  • Lacertilian

    Man, this was better than it had any right to be, came in expecting to check a track or maybe two but ended up listening to the whole thing.
    Pretty ambitious compared to most of the black n roll I’ve ever heard.

  • This is good, but something is bugging me about the snare

    • Angry Metal Guy hasn’t examined this for dynamic range yet, so we have no way of knowing of we’re supposed to think it sounds good or bad yet.

      • lmao

      • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

        TRYING TO THINK FOR SELF IZ<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

      • Dagiron

        Hahahahaha…….

    • Dagiron

      Because TL hits his shit like its stolen. Hahaha….

    • GrumpDumpus

      IT IS 2 LOUD 2 CURIOUS ON FIRST SONG BUT SITS BETTER WHEN BAND IS BUSIER I SIT BETTER AFTER TEN METAMUCILS

  • What kills me about so many bands is the constant lead wanking. Entire songs of leads. Protest the Hero, etc etc. Riffs, man. That is what we need. These guys are killing. Concerted riffs. YES.

  • This shit rocks. Good catch, Broseph!

  • I read the track “Five Rivers of Hades” as “Five Rivets of Hate” and thought “Man, rivets of hate is brutal af!”

    /airplanes on my mind

  • Brutalist_Receptacle

    FVCK YEAH THAT DUDES BEARD