Thronehammer – Usurper Of The Oaken Throne
Church Within Records
Release Date: 03/05/2019
Playing Time: 78:00 mins
Review by Mark Pritchard
A couple of weeks ago Ever Metal gave me a list of bands to possibly review and one of the first that took my interest was Thronehammer, described on their Facebook page as a ‘CAVEMAN ULTRADOOM’ band. Since receiving the album ‘Usurper Of The Oaken Throne’, I have been listening to it on and off to help keep it fresh in my mind.
This album is the first I have reviewed with fewer songs but a longer playtime which I am really liking. With the longer songs there are less pauses as the songs change and this has allowed me to sit back, relax and listen, and with a nice slow head-bang, it is really soothing to listen to.
When I visited the bands Facebook page, of which I shall leave a link below, and saw that the band is actually a 3-piece, I was really taken aback because when I first started listening to the album, I really thought it sounded more like a 4 or 5 member band. This, I think, is awesome as it shows that they have an amazing dedication to their cause and with the addition that each member is based in a different place makes it even more mind blowing. Kat on Vocals is based in Durham, UK, Stuart on Guitars/Synth/FX is based in Fürth, Germany and Tim on Guitars/Bass/Drums is based in Würzburg, Germany. I know all bands put a lot of hard work and dedication into their music but to be able to do it with members all over the place is going above and beyond.
The album has a nice slow tempo but can be in your face at the same time, which I don’t think I have come across much as a reviewer and it has been a wonderful surprise! These guys have done such an awesome job that, for me, all the songs are amazing, and none are better than the others. This makes picking a favourite track impossible, but I think one song stands out a little more to me than the others. This is because the start of the song is nice and slow, sounding as if there is a breeze. It also sets the tone for what is to come for the rest of the album. That song, as everyone can probably guess is Track 1 ‘Behind The Wall Of Frost’, and for the first track on an album, this is a hell of an opener.
Now comes the hard part which is, of course, rating the album. After listening to the album as much and as intently as I have, I am going to rate the album a strong 9 out of 10. I love the concept of ‘CAVEMAN ULTRADOOM’ and it’s a very relaxing album whilst still being heavy.
I would suggest everyone checks out Thronehammer, and I want to say a huge thank you to the members of the band, Kat, Stuart and Tim for the chance to review this amazing album.
01. Behind The Wall Of Frost
02. Conquered And Erased
04. Svarte Skyer
06. Usurper Of The Oaken Throne
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