Thrall – Vermin to the Earth
VERMIN TO THE EARTH documents the metamorphosis of THRALL from a sanguinary studio project to a formidable live entity that now includes Leigh Ritson (ex Disseminate) on bass and Ramez Bathish (ex Whitehorse / ABC Weapons) on second guitar. THRALL built their live reputation on punishing volume and an atmosphere of menace. THRALL recently performed at Melbourne’s High Voltage Festival 2011 at the Corner Hotel, Richmond featuring US thrash legends Forbidden.
VERMIN delivers a unique blend of old-school black metal and hypnotic void-worship. In seven songs it encompasses bile-soaked mid-paced anthems (“Vermin to the Earth / Oblivion”), sanguinary lurching dirges (“Plague of Man”), and hell-blasting suicidal elegies (“Vita Vacuus Voluntas”). The new album is more: cohesive, hefty, solemn and yet more spacious than THRALLʼs debut, Away from the Haunts of Men. Vermin is a requiem to a cursed species.
VERMIN was recorded across two hemispheres and continents. Drums were recorded in April 2010 by Ippei Suda (known for his work with Corrupted) at LM Studio, Osaka, Japan. Guitars, bass and vocals were recorded by Trent Griggs June – July 2010 at The Gate, Margate, Tasmania. The album was mixed by Trent Griggs August 2010 – June 2011 at The Gate, Margate, Tasmania. The album was mastered by Jack the Bear (Tony Mantz) on 1st July 2011 at Deluxe Mastering, Melbourne, Victoria.
Tasmanian black metal band THRALL (formerly known as THY PLAGUES) came into being in 2005 as the 4-track drum-machine solo-project of TOM VOID. With the addition of EM STØY in 2006 the project became a duo. THRALL is comprised of a creative core (VOID and STØY), supplemented by live and recorded guests.