THONIAN HORDE: PopMatters Premieres “The Narcissist” Single; Downfall Full-Length From Maryland Outfit Nears May Release Through Grimoire Records

[photo by Shane Gardner]

“The Narcissist” is the new single from Maryland-based THONIAN HORDE, the outfit founded by members of Admiral Browning, Pale Divine, Faith In Jane, Weed Is Weed, and Bailjack. The new track is pulled from Downfall, the band’s third album since 2016, and second title for Grimoire Records. The song makes its public debut through a premiere at PopMatters in advance of the album’s May release.

Featuring ten new tracks of thrashy, blackened, metallic rock, fans of Immortal, Satyricon, and Dissection, as well as the stoner/doom throngs who frequent the members’ other projects, will all find something to sink their teeth into. Like THONIAN HORDE‘s prior album Inconnu, the tracking for Downfall was done mostly live in the Grimoire Studio with label head Noel Mueller, with minimal overdubbing. The cover art was again provided by Gilbert Miranda for Lingua Mortis Artwork, and the CD layout was finished by Mueller.

With the premiere of “The Narcissist,” the band’s bassist/vocalist Ron “Fezz” McGinnis states, “This song is written for/about how humanity has taken a turn towards narcissism and greed as a personality trait. Selfishness is no longer frowned upon, it is actually applauded. There is however ONE individual whom inspired it the most. I’ll take the fifth on the name.”

PopMatters writes with the track’s debut, “The group’s mastery of blackened thrash metal is evidence from the first infernal riffing to the final death growl. If extreme metal is intended to quicken the heart, then stop it, then start it again all while making the primal fur on the back of your neck stand on end, then THONIAN HORDE is the band to do it. Just about the time you think it’s all been done, that all the planet has been laid to waste with underworld utterances and hellacious beats, this collective makes you think again.”

Hear THONIAN HORDE‘s “The Narcissist” early through PopMatters at THIS LOCATION.

Downfall will be released via limited edition CD and digital download on May 24th through Grimoire Records. Preorders are now live HERE.

Watch for new audio samples, live performances, and more to be announced over the weeks ahead.

THONIAN HORDE formed in 2016 in the backwoods of Boonesboro, Maryland by bassist/vocalist Ron “Fezz” McGinnis (Pale Divine, Admiral Browning), guitarists Darren “Dirty” Waters (Weed Is Weed) and Dan “D-Mize” Mize (Faith In Jane), and drummer Tyler “The Beast” Lee (Weed Is Weed). As a self-described “black & roll” outfit, the band seamlessly blends stoner rock grooves with scathing vocals ripped straight from the frostbitten black metal tundra, but what sets them apart from their peers is the highly acrobatic death metal drum work perforating the mix. Since recording their second album, Inconnu, with Grimoire Records in 2017, the band has spent little idle time in the intervening years.