Thaw are a band from Poland that plays a mixture of raw black metal, sludge, doom metal, noise and improv and this is a review of their 2014 album "Earth Ground" which was released by Witching Hour Productions.
A very dark and melodic avant garde sound starts off the album and after the intro the music starts going more more of a fast raw black metal direction along with some brutal sounding blast beats and grim, high pitched screams and they also bring in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as adding in some melody and atmospheric sounds.
After awhile elements of harsh noise start mixing in with the more black metal orientated style of the bands musical sound and the band also brings in a few long and epic in length tracks which also shows the band adding in some angry style shouts in with the screams as well as adding sludge and doom metal elements into the slower side of the guitar riffing and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
As the album progresses clean playing can be heard in certain sections of the recording and when solos and leads are added into the music they bring in a more melodic edge to the album and they also start adding in more drones as time goes on by and the music starts going more more of an experimental musical direction while also remaining very heavy at the same time and towards the end they band also starts adding in a small amount of electronic music elements while the last track also shows a brief use of melodic chanting being utilized.
Thaw takes a sound that is mostly black metal and mixes it in with some elements of doom metal, sludge, noise and experimental as well as a decent amount of melody to create some very dark, heavy and original sounding music, the production has a very dark, raw and heavy sound while the lyrics cover dark and depressive themes.
In my opinion Thaw are a very great sounding experimental mixture of black metal, sludge, doom metal, noise and improv and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Afterkingdom" "No Light" and "last Day". 8 out of 10.