Exclusive First Listen: Thyrant – “Black Oceans”

Spanish metal act Thyrant unveil their new single “Black Oceans” today, and we have the official UK stream for you! “Black Oceans” is the second single off their upcoming sophomore album titled Katabasis, due July 17th, and it’s available to pre-order right now.

Born out of nothing – only riffs and a musical idea were the foundation of what was to become Thyrant. The story of Thyrant is one of enduring friendships, lucky coincidences, and being in the right place at the right time, Southern Spain in 2015.

Thyrant released their eight-song debut album, What We Left Behind, in 2017. But what Thyrant actually left behind was a record that navigates through a world of despair with doomed vibes, technical ecstasy and straight-up classic metal riffs. In essence, Thyrant are not a death metal band, nor a thrash metal band or even a black metal band. Their musical vision goes further beyond, building on old school metal sounds, with a proggy touch, painting a dark picture with their distinctive musical approach.

The band’s newest album Katabasis was born out of a very similar situation as the band was itself. “There was just a blank piece of paper, an empty wall”, when Thyrant went into the rehearsal room after releasing “What We Left Behind”. Due to the departure of their original vocalist, a change was inevitable. Soon they found a new singer in Ocram, who had the idea to do a concept record. A record that tells a story of someone going through difficult moments and conquering them. A situation which was also reflected by the band’s personal experiences over the last few years.

The album came together while Ocram intertwined lyrical ideas with interludes that enhanced the flow of the record. The band worked as if they were painting on a canvas, reaching for the limits of certain musical styles, but also without limiting themselves within the creative process. Katabasis is the turning point for Thyrant, who now walk a different path. As the lyrics of Face the Thyrant say, “There’s a path to seek the brighter light, reckless to feel, naked of heart and soul.”

“Katabasis” (Greek for ‘descend’) reflects the feeling of being lost and then found – There is a warm feeling of relief, stability, and composure, that comes after descending the dark, conceptual path of this 8-song album. It’s an album full of honesty, self-discovery, and relief.

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