Even though we’ve already entered the new year a few days ago, it’s normal to keep on looking for albums released during 2021, some of which turn out to be of great value like this Collisions, the debut album by British band Thårn; the duo formed by Jerome Barre (guitar and vocals) and Luke Booth (bass and vocals) gives in fact an admirable interpretation of the post metal matter, placing themselves very close to the top of the genre where names like Amenra and Cult of Luna, just to mention the major European bands, are firmly established. The sludge and post-hardcore component gives to the four tracks of Collisions the intensity that serves as an ideal watershed between the average records and the ones of superior quality; the roar of the most robust moments never suffocates a melodic nature that remains even in the most liquid passages, preventing them from turning into interlocutory dilutions as often happens to those who are less talented than these two guys. During its abundant half an hour Collisions never gives up on the listener, who is constantly subjected to a crossfire where the furious discharges overpowered by the vocal exasperation are contrasted by the emotions produced by remarkable melodic weaves. If it’s difficult in this stylistic field to deviate from one’s own models, it’s worth noting how Thårn overcome the problem by raising the bar of strength and conviction to offer a product destined to a long and satisfying listening.
2021 – Trepanation Recordings