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Thornhill - Heroine review



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6.78
Band: Thornhill
Album: Heroine
Release date: June 2022


01. The Hellfire Club
02. Leather Wings
03. Blue Velvet
04. Arkangel
05. Valentine
06. Casanova
07. Something Terrible Came With The Rain
08. Hollywood
09. Raw
10. Varsity Hearts
11. Heroine


Sometimes, you just have to leave your established metalcore/djent sound to become a Deftones clone.

Well, things are never that simple. But in very very simple terms: I like Deftones more than I like djenty metalcore, so Thornhill's skin shedding moment did end up making them more enjoyable for me in the end. My relationship with djent was always more of a distant tolerance and occasional appreciation. Some may even remember that one time I reviewed a TesseracT album, and there have been djent albums this year by some old favs that I considered reviewing, but didn't do much for me. I was expecting the same kind of thing when I went into Thornhill's new album, considering how lukewarm I felt to 2019's The Dark Pool.

On one hand, this is a case of wearing the influence so firmly on the sleeve that it almost gets into Greta Van Fleet levels of imitation, and though the difference in vocal tones and instrumentation are distinct enough that one wouldn't really be fooled into thinking that this is actually some late era Deftones, the resemblance is uncanny. From vocal inflexions, lush shoegaze influence, noir feel, slight nu metal tinges in some riffs, the trip-hop cut (see "Valentine"), everything is just so clearly the imprint of another band. A band that I love and I'm a sucker for and I'm still bitter that out of all the dates on their tour that they had to cancel for logistical reasons, they just had to cancel the festival I was going to mostly for them. Am I gonna review this more positively just because of that? I am not at liberty to disclose that information.

Hint: as far as Deftones clones go, Heroine is pretty fantastic. I'm reminded of that Wheel album I reviewed, where a band with amazing songwriters was able to create an album in the sound of another band that almost holds a candle to the original material. And since Wheel's next album found them closer to their own sound, I can only hope this would happen with Thornhill's next album. There are already signs of what would make their sound unique here, as the moments that made me jump out the most out of my "this is a Deftones clone" mindset were the use of keys and some of the djenty undertones remain (see "Casanova"), and I would certainly like something closer to a Djentones mix rather mere imitation. And since singer Jacob Charlton often sounds closer to Muse's Matt Bellamy than Chino Moreno, I wouldn't mind some influences coming from that side as well.

Thornhill do get the most out of me being a sucker for this sound (not the first time I reviewed Deftones or Deftonescore), and they sprinkle Heroine with just enough originality to make me hopeful that they're gonna evolve this sound into something more unique for them, because being a Deftones clone full time might not be the most feasible career path.






Written on 16.06.2022 by Doesn't matter that much to me if you agree with me, as long as you checked the album out.


Comments

Comments: 8   Visited by: 69 users
16.06.2022 - 15:39
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Yeah I'd rather just go listen to White Pony. Sorry guys.
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14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
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16.06.2022 - 16:01
Rating: 6
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
What do you make of the album cover Radu?
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16.06.2022 - 17:42
Rating: 7
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by Boxcar Willy on 16.06.2022 at 15:39

Yeah I'd rather just go listen to White Pony. Sorry guys.

You totally can.
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Do you think if the heart keeps on shrinking
One day there will be no heart at all?
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16.06.2022 - 17:43
Rating: 7
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by AndyMetalFreak on 16.06.2022 at 16:01

What do you make of the album cover Radu?

Fits the dreamlike vibe of the album, somehow in between the blurry photographs you accidentally take and some angelic being.
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Do you think if the heart keeps on shrinking
One day there will be no heart at all?
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16.06.2022 - 18:39
Rating: 6
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Written by RaduP on 16.06.2022 at 17:43

Written by AndyMetalFreak on 16.06.2022 at 16:01

What do you make of the album cover Radu?

Fits the dreamlike vibe of the album, somehow in between the blurry photographs you accidentally take and some angelic being.

At first glance I didn't think anything of it, but now I like it, I like how the wings draw you into the centre, then you notice the halo and the angelic being.
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16.06.2022 - 19:25
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by RaduP on 16.06.2022 at 17:42

You totally can.

I'm usually pretty indifferent to bands taking "influence" like this, but unfortunately this album feels pretty blatantly ripped. Hopefully, like you stated, they'll take this influence and move into their own in the future.
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14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
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16.06.2022 - 23:12
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
I must say it sounds really lovely but it's hard to overlook how much of a blatant rip-off it is. Hope they can get a voice of their own in the future.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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17.06.2022 - 12:19
Rating: 6
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Your right in saying the vocals sound similar to Muse 's Matt Bellamy, that was the first thing I picked up on. I'm getting alot of early 00's alternative metal vibes, particularly because of it's distorting nature, it has a few good moments, but I found the songwriting mosty bland imho.
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