Friday, January 4, 2019

Thonian Horde - Inconnu

My favourite black'n'rollers Thonian Horde are back with their sophomore album, 'Inconnu' and they certainly go from strength to strength. These dark souls from Maryland spare no punches whatsoever as they take annihilating step after annihilating step in their conquest of the world. What they created on their debut is here in spades but they've upped the ante breathtakingly well.

The biggest change from the excellent self-titled debut is that everything is even better now. It's all tighter, in-your-face and the sound is fuller and richer. Don't want to take anything away from the past, but man, the guys have stepped it up and then some. Also, by pulling out all the stops, 'Inconnu' is even more dark and fierce than before, as well as being a juggernaut hell-bent on creating the best music possible. And they succeed pretty damned well.

My personal favourites are ‘Stygian Rhyme’, ‘Angels, Devils And The Serpent Grey’, ‘Atrocious’, ‘Inconnu’ and ‘Iris Effect’. There’s not a single bad song on here but these 5 stand out for sure. However, everything Thonian Horde are as a band are represented perfectly within this group. The brutal, no-holds-barred onslaught of ‘Stygian Rhyme’ and ‘Inconnu’ with hints of The Crown; the diverse almost progressive undertones of ‘Angels, Devils And The Serpent Grey’; the Iron Maiden-esque trappings wrapped in furious black’n’roll in ‘Atrocious’; the slightly slower pace – everything’s relative – in the death/doom crusher ‘Iris Effect’. All this ties together and creates the dark world of Thonian Horde…and it’s bloody fantastic!

This beast of an album has been out for quite some time now and it is getting better and better by the minute. So sometimes taking time to write about a wax is beneficial since more nuances and angles appears the more time you give it. Regardless, ‘Inconnu’ is a must-have for all of you waveriders who loves badass black’n’roll with a good dollop of death metal added for perfect flavouring. Don’t wait, get your hands on this band’s great music and go absolutely bonkers spinning it!


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