Detail from Vow of Thorns New Album, Farewell to the SunOntario-dwelling black metal doom fusionists Vow of Thorns once served as an anagram for Kevin Hawthorne’s solo work, now a joint effort with Dustin Richards, the duo has quickly become one of the most intimidating musical ventures to date. The band is constantly shifting between disparaging black metal vocals and triumphant guitar hooks dripping with doom-encrusted bass riffs and theatrical drums. The band pairs two seemingly opposing forces of black metal and trash. Vow of Thorns blends the two styles with ease while maintaining a certain sense of tension and uncertainty in the air. Lyrically, the vocals act like a lone wolf trailing off into a forest unwilling to look back and focusing only on what despair lay ahead. With titles like ‘To The Unknown’ and ‘Wood Etched Epitaph’ on their 2013 debut EP ‘Forest Dweller’ the band accurately absorbs elements of the Canadian northern climate and transcribes it into works of musical art.
Vow of ThornsFor the past 6 years, the band has been conceptualizing albums and pushing the boundary between aggressive and emotional. Songs are constructed unanimously and without interruption in a seamless writing process to craft work fueled by their musical and environmental influences. The band has released the aforementioned ‘Forest Dweller’ and single ‘Meeting on the Astral Plane’ as of March 2016. Live, the band pays attention to the sonic experience with complimentary rhythm that creates a unique blend of intensity and atmosphere.
One is able to catch a glimpse of each influence in Vow of Thorns songwriting and their influences including Woods of Ypres, Agalloch, Drudkh, Opeth, Daylight Dies, and Wolves in the Throne Room. The band is on a journey that slowly takes on darker, lucid, and more despairing elements as they play more shows and write more records.Vow of Thorns is always developing sinister and near-unstable black metal blanketed by an entrancing shroud. The band is currently gearing up to release their next album and first full-length ‘Farewell To The Sun’ slated for July 15, 2016.
1. Meeting On The Astral Plane (10:30)
2. Great Abomination (5:07)
3. Farewell To The Sun Part I (4:28)
4. Farewell To The Sun Part II (10:32)
5. Farewell To The Sun Part III (7:51)
6. Doomed Woods (12:39)
Album Length: 51:10
Vow of Thorns - Meeting On The Astral Plane:
• All songs performed by: Vow of Thorns
• All songs written by: Vow of Thorns
• Produced by: Michael “Musashi” Marucci and Vow of Thorns
• Mixed by: Jason W. Walton
• Mastered by: Jason W. Walton
• CD Cover, Album Artwork Photography by: Kerrie Winegarden (Forest Photography) Illustrations by: Manuel Scapinello
Album & Live Band Line Up:
Kevin Hawthorne (Vocals/Guitar)
Dustin Richards (Guitar/Vocals)
Ryan Flower (Bass/Vocals)
Mitch Templeton (Drums)
Farewell To The Sun – LP (2016)
Forest Dweller- EP (2013)
Shared stage with: Agalloch, Amiensus, Arbor, Ashbringer, Baaslte, Battlesoul, Biblical, Castle, Crimson Shadows, Empyrean Plague, Hawkeyes, InAeona, Jex Thoth, Panzer Faust, Sig:Ar:Tyr, Sylvus, Thantifaxath, Unbowed, Wounds, Yeti on Horseback
Tours and Festivals:
2015 – “Ascending to New Lands” Summer Tour (Amiensus and Ashbringer) *Just Toronto, Guelph and London dates
2014 – “Echos over Oceans” Tour (Arbor) Buffalo, Toronto, London
2014 – Empty Fest 6 – Sarnia, ON
Vow of Thorns – Farewell To The Sun (2016)
Release Date: July 15, 2016
Label: Forest Dweller Inc.
For fans of Agalloch, Fen, Woods of Ypres (older), Krallice, Woods of Desolation