THORN

Album: "Bitter Potion" (1995)
Label: Roadrunner Records
Style: Electro Rock
Songs: 11

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Reviewed by: Darklight

Thorn is your basic metal band that includes some various electronics and synths into their music. It's hard to describe their sound since it's fairly unique. But a lot of the elements found here could have been done so much better. The songs found here are pretty damn bland. They are hard and heavy, but not catchy. They don't include a lot of rhythm. It's as if the vocals, guitars, and drums are just doing their own thing. They're not combined to create a beat or rhythm. They just play at a drab pace. The electronics and synths aren't used nearly as much as they should be, either. If a band is going to include these elements, they should go all the way. They shouldn't hold back. Thorn holds back. It's as if they want to appeal to both metal fans that don't like electronics in music and industrial fans that do. They are trying to find a middle ground. The music suffers because of this. Because on the song "Legions Of Lace" the band does let loose and uses a lot of electronics. The song is also fast and furious with a catchy rhythm. This is easily the best song on the album, and sounds very cyber. It's too bad that the band didn't go more this style with all of the music found on the album. "Desire" and "The Fear Of Night" are also a couple of other songs found on the album that are melodic. They are slow paced, but have rhythm. They have singing as well. Not just yelling of words like most of the other songs. This band has the potential to be a really good cyber band. They are better as an industrial band than they are as a metal band. I hope that they realize this for their next release. But "Bitter Potion" is a decent album, and does include a few songs on it worth giving a listen.