From the very beginning of the album, it's clear that Lindh drags some of his previous influences into his current work. Opener track 'A Downward Spiral' drives on an industrial drum pattern, but upon that, an array of drones, soundscapes and distant vocals appear. Very soon into the song I have a feeling that this could be the result of a meeting between Nadja, Master Musicians Of Bukkake and Om. From then on, we're slowly being lured into a strange but interesting amalgamation of soundscapes, drones, field recordings, ambient and guitars.
Other acts that come to mind include Barn Owl, Sunn O))) and My Bloody Valentine. On 'Soultransporter' we even cross the line between drone-ambient and noise. I know those are quite different sounding bands and styles but that simply proves how varied this album really is. One moment you're enjoying a dark folk tune while the next you'll be engulfed in distorted sonic waves. My favorite track on this album is the immersive 'The Way Out', which even drags Type O Negative into the drone area.
So yeah, this is an interesting piece of work, and excellent debut even. It surely makes me curious about the future of this project. I mean, although this is a damn good first effort, I still feel like Lindh hasn't fully explored the edges of his abilities yet. There is still plenty of room to experiment and grow for this act. But given time, effort and perhaps the company of a full band, I can easily see Pale Thorns becoming a force to be reckoned with in this scene. On stage, this stuff could become something intense and awe-inspiring.