|Review: Sulphur - Thorns in Existence|
|Thorns in Existence|
Label: Dark Essence Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: October 31, 2010
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
for:Thorns in Existence
Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (9 Votes)
Having on board ex-members of infamous Norwegian acts like Aeternus, Gorgoroth and Enslaved, Sulphur are back in the spotlight with their second output.
Thorns in Existence is another refreshing Nordic release. Categorized simply as "metal", this album is actually pushing the envelope more than that. No generic or completely weird album that is, though. Then again, the adventurous aspects make Thorns in Existence surely interesting and original. The metal parts are far from minimal since you are getting plenty of crushing guitar work, kicking percussions, and then there are those sickly wicked rasps. All of this keeps a melodic touch due to both very good musicianship and crafty songwriting. The keyboards are present without becoming overwhelming, but rather appropriate in creating the desired atmospheric touch when needed. Some twisted, and even comical parts are also popping in once in a while, allowing a bit of a theatrical edge to flow in while making their guest appearances. These don't distract or break the momentum at all, thankfully.
To sum up, Thorns in Existence is basically a good black metal disc filled with darkness and originality, while having its own twisted personality. Tasty! More than a few tracks are worth mentioning, such as "Revelation", "True Father of Lies", "The Purifying Flame", "Throne of Illusions" and "A Crimson Line".
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