Thorn.Eleven's Got 'A Different View'
By Michael Bennett
HEIDELBERG, GERMANY - German Hard Rockers THORN.ELEVEN will release their new album, "A Different View," this Tuesday, May 4th on Steamhammer Records.
Life equals emotion, and Thorn.Eleven are right in the middle of it. Which explains why emotions are the main characteristic of their music.
Their sound is wild and unbridled, sensitive and melancholy, it reflects suffering and disappointment just as much as hope and strength.
Propelled by their own artistic enthusiasm, the band from Heidelberg allow tough guitar riffs to meet groovy rhythms, pairing them with versatile vocals and amazingly haunting melodies.
Their self-produced CD, "Inside," which made the nation listen up for the first time, saw the light of day in 1998. 2,000 units of the first edition sold out within a few weeks.
'Sick,' the opening track to their "Inside" album, was featured on a sampler released by Visions music magazine in March 1999, constituting another milestone on the thorny path to the top.
Following a number of small gigs in sticky clubs and various support shows (for King's X and Farmer Boys, among others), the quartet were one of the few unsigned groups to play the Visions stage at the Bizarre festival in Cologne in Summer 1999.
The big breakthrough arrived soon afterwards when SPV/Steamhammer signed the up-and-coming young act.
Their self-titled debut album found a renowned producer in Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Stuck Mojo, Skinlab, among others), and arrived in stores in August of 2001.
The result was a surprising record which was celebrated by the press, expressing Thorn.Eleven's emotional diversity in eleven modern and driving rock songs.
The video clip to accompany the first single 'Simple Things' was featured on national TV several times a day.
Numerous TV appearances, festivals and tours through Britain with Earthtone9 and through Germany, Austria and Switzerland alongside Thumb followed.
"A Different View," Thorn.Eleven's new album, succeeds in topping their impressive debut - proving that the long sabbatical during which the band went through an acute song-writing process has definitely been worth its while.
The quartet sound even more mature and their songs are even more thought-out and intricately composed, without losing any of their emotional intensity.
"More Rock, less metal," is bassist Kai Mucke's definition of the new motto, which marks no abrupt change in Thorn.Eleven's style, but sees the musicians remain faithful to their roots and merely continue to follow their chosen path.
"A Different View" was recorded at Oral Majority studios in Goteborg, Sweden, with Roberto Laghi (B-Thong, Mustasch, Hardcore Superstar, Eleven Pictures, among others) at the controls.
Laghi was instrumental in developing Thorn.Eleven's talent to the full.
This time around, the bass sounds even more powerful and the drums sound even more driving, the guitars more dynamic, the vocals more versatile.
There's little doubt these guys have put a seductively sparkling gem on the market with "A Different View," proving once again that Thorn.Eleven's music is definitely pure emotion.
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