Pim B. : There are bands out there you completely forgot about even when they used to play great music. On Thorns I Lay is a good example. These Greeks started out as Paralysis in the early 90s to continue as Phlebotomy. Within the flourishing Greek scene they made name of themselves. Still they baptized themselves as On Thorns I Lay in 1995. And in the same year they released their debut ‘Sounds Of Beautiful Experience’ through France’s Holy Records. The raw doom/death was appreciated, yet the band evolved via gothic metal to a more indie rock type sound. In 2004 they put the band on ice.
In 2015 they returned with the album ‘Eternal Silence’, which apparently was recorded in 2004. On this album you still hear a gothic metal band. This new, eighth album shows that On Thorns I Lay now follows a different path. This six-piece from Athens returned to their roots. ‘Aegean Sorrow’ sounds like a mature doom/death record with a modern production. It was recorded at the Devasoundz Studios with Fotis Benardo (Rotting Christ, Septicflesh) and the mix/master was done by Dan Swanö at his Unisound AB Studio. Musically I feel this is in the vein of old Katatonia (listen to those melodies) with the progressive touch of older Opeth. Nothing wrong with that if I may add. The songs are well-written, but to me the great melodies are the icing on the cake. The album features some guests of which Paul Kuhr (Novembers Doom) might be the most appealing name. He has an unmistakable role in the song ‘The Final Truth’. I am positive fans of Novembers Doom will appreciate this album too. Leaves me with the announcement that The Vinyl Division has done a cool double LP of ‘Aegean Sorrow’.