ON THORNS I LAY deliver more of their legendary Death/Doom on their first album for Season Of Mist. With chugging riffs, ear-shattering wails of terror and eerily melodic funeral passages, their new self-titled LP is bound to crush your spirit. “On Thorns I Lay” comes out today, Friday, October 13th, 2023.
ON THORNS I LAY are Greek titans. The band came up through the underground during the early ’90s, in the wake of NIGHTFALL, SEPTICFLESH and ROTTING CHRIST. But while those bands were swayed more by Symphonic and Black Metal, these Athenians developed a taste for the gothic. Which makes sense. After all, they are named after a Shakespearean sonnet.
“On Thorns I Lay” is dark and doomy. “Fallen From Grace” opens the album with a harrowing tribute to those who’ve suffered from wars and genocide, while “Thorns Of Fire” warns of environmental disasters with riffs that fall like acid rain. But on their tenth album, ON THORNS I LAY push their Gothic Death/Doom to great new heights. The melodic leads on “Newborn Skies” just keep on climbing, until they ascend into a heavenly choir.
“We are very proud that our best album in our 30 year old career, self-titled ‘On Thorns I Lay’, is finally out through Season Of Mist recs. We truly dedicate it to all our fans who were there from the beginning or joined in during the journey…this one comes just from the heart….”
“On Thorns I Lay” track listing:
- Fallen from Grace
- Newborn Skies
- Among the Wolves
- Raise Empires
- Thorns of Fire
You can listen to “On Thorns I Lay” in its entiry in the following video: