“Thorns of Fire” Forebodes a Dark and Doomy Future
On Thorns I Lay are perennial doomsayers. For 20+ years, these Greek titans have been crafting immense tales of loss and despair. But on the new single off their upcoming album, they warn of a fast-approaching apocalypse that’s so powerful, it might be too late for us to escape.
On Thorns I Lay’ comes out 13 October.
“Thorns of Fire” is the grand finale on the band’s upcoming self-titled album. So it’s fitting that the song leaves us with a dark and doomy depiction of our final days. Cymbals crash with the impending force of rising tides, while the riffs fall like acid rain, leaving no choice but to bang our heads as we face our inevitable demise.
“‘Thorns of Fire’ is about the crimes humanity has committed against the seed of life”. says On Thorns I Lay.
Halfway through its near eight-minute runtime, “Thorns of Fire” simmers into a somber instrumental interlude. Ominous flute swirls amidst somber pricks of Christos Dragamestianos’ tamboura, only for vocalist Peter Miliadis to swallow the near silence with his unholy inferno of a death growl.
“We humans defy the ways and laws of Nature,” the band says, “but we will not escape from its wrath and revenge!”
Cover artwork by Dimitris Tzortzis
- Fallen From Grace (8:07)
- Newborn Skies (4:44)
- Crestfallen (8:08)
- Among The Wolves (7:38)
- Raise Empires (7:18)
- Thorns Of Fire (7:23)
On Thorns I Lay started as a death metal band together with other cult bands in Greece in the early 90’s such as Rotting Christ, Septic Flesh, Necromantia, Nightfall and started to spread their name in the local and global underground scene.
The band has released 9 albums so far such as Orama, Crystal Tears, Aegean Sorrow and Threnos gaining great reviews in (Scream Norway, album of the month, Inferno Finland 5/5, Metal Storm Top 5 albums of 2020 and many others…). The have shared the stage with great bands such as Dream Theater, In Flames, Anathema, Amorphis, Katatonia, Rotting Christ, Tiamat, The Gathering, Satyricon, Septic Flesh and many more…
Their music style is pure atmospheric melodic doom death metal!
“Threnos”, their last album, followed the path of atmospheric, yet emotional Doom Death Metal – paying tribute to the roots and representing the trademark sound of the band once again. On Thorns I Lay continue to tell dense stories of loss and despair.
After their mini tour at the Baltic states with Rotting Christ they signed a deal with the world famous record label Season Of Mist and they have finished the recordings of their 10th album entitled ‘On Thorns I Lay to be released in 2023.
Producer / sound engineer
Mixing and mastering studio and engineer
Peter Miliadis – Vocals (Dimlight, ex- Slaveatgod)
Christos Dragamestianos – Guitars
Nikolas Paraskevopoulos – Guitars (Dimlight, Yoth Iria)
Kostas Mexis – Bass (Aetherian, ex- Black Path)
Antonis Ventouris – Keyboards
Stelios Darakis – Drums (Dexter Ward, ex- Sacred Outcry, The Eternal Suffering, ex- Mortal Torment, ex- Lloth)
Fanny Melfi – Fallen From Grace
Labros Kiklis – Fallen From Grace
Stavros Papagiannakopoulos – Thorns Of Fire, Crestfallen
Ilias Mantikos – Thorns Of Fire
Katerina Tzitzou – Fallen From Grace
Irina Dimaki – Fallen From Grace
Anna Thana – Fallen From Grace
Aris Karatzas – Crestfallen, Newborn Skies, Raise Empires, Among The Wolves