Thorns in Existence
Style: Blackend Death/Thrash
Release date: March 19th 2010

Sulphur consists of members with a history from bands like Gorgoroth, Aeternus, Enslaved and Vulture Industries. In 2007 they released their first record 'Cursed Madness'. Sulphur hails from Norway, but doesn't sound particularly Norwegian in style. What I like most about style is that they are not just a black metal band with all the clichés that come with this style.

The vocals are more varied, the music has thrashy ingredients and the howling guitar solos in several songs add something too. What also counts for them is that almost each song has a surprise in it. Take for example the cello, the choirs, or the orchestral parts in some of the songs. Sometimes the changes in the songs can surprise you and perhaps they are for some of you little too much. But if you like variation and some surprising changes every now and then, I think you will like this mix between black and death with some thrashy parts.

This record has been out for a while, but I think it is still worth a try. Not that Sulphur made an album that goes beyond boundaries and adds really something new and exiting to the genre, but at least they tried to do some thinks different to make this an interesting journey to listen to.


01. Revelations

02. True Father of Lies

03. The Purifying Flame

04. Hunting Sickening Seas

05. Luna Noctiluca

06. Into Nothingness

07. Invented Visions of Eternal Salvation

08. Ravner Beiter I Banesar

09. Throne of Illusion

10. A Crimson Line Band

Label: Karisma Records/Dark Essence Records
Distribution: Plastic Head Music Distribution Ltd
Reviewed by:

Reinier de Vries

Date: August 22nd 2010