‘Thorns’ was the band’s debut full-length studio album. It was released in 2001 & is a cult slice of highly-individual Norwegian black metal, including experimental & sometimes industrial influences along with synth passages to create a chilling yet clinical slice of extremity.





Thorns was formed by Snorre W. Ruch, Marius Vold and Bård G. Eithun in 1989, initially under the moniker Stigma Diabolicum. After the first demo was recorded, Stigma Diabolicum began to fall apart, and following the Trøndertun demo, Ruch continued Thorns as a solo project, with the help of several prominent members of the Norwegian black metal scene. The demos / rehearsal tapes Grymyrk and Trøndertun had a great impact on the black metal scene.

In 1994, Snorre was sentenced to 8 years in prison for "being an accomplice" in the murder of Øystein Aarseth. However, according to Aarseth's killer, Varg Vikernes, Ruch was merely "in the wrong place at the wrong time".

After a long period of silence due to Ruch's imprisonment, Thorns reappeared in 1999 with the split album Thorns vs. Emperor, consisting mainly of old Thorns songs performed by Emperor and vice versa. Thorns Vs Emperor was meant to introduce Thorns to the scene and to a newer audience, unaware of Thorns' earlier efforts. Then, in 2001, the long awaited debut album Thorns was released, which featured famed Norwegian drummer Hellhammer, as well as vocals by Satyricon's Satyr and Dødheimsgard's Aldrahn.

In October 2007, Greek label Kyrck Productions released the Stigma Diabolicum compilation, which featured both the Grymyrk and Trøndertun demos, as well as material from the Stigma Diabolicum demos Lacus de Luna and Luna des Nocturnus and two tracks ("Thule" and "Fall") from a 1991 Thorns rehearsal.

A follow up to the 2001 debut was announced in September 2008. The band line up has undergone significant changes since the 2001 album. Snorre is still handling the guitars and Aldrahn will be performing all the vocals on the upcoming album. Bassist Jon Wesseltoft, guitarist Christian Broholt, and drummer Kenneth Kapstad have joined the band.




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