Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
ThrOes was started in 2003 by me (Trent Griggs) and is my solo project. Writing happened sporadically over the next 9 years in isolation from anything else happening during that time. I am the sole writer and I perform Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Ebow, and record all the material. ThrOes features a true dual vocal approach, the second vocalist being good friend and infamous Australian metal vocalist James Ludbrook of the bands Damaged and Terrorust. Renowned metal drummer Kevin Talley was approached in December 2011 to provide the drum sessions for the impending recording. Details were arranged and in Jan 2012 production for the debut full length “This Viper
Womb” commenced. Kevin completed the drum session in around 5 days in San Antonio Texas in March 2012. Tracking for the rest of the album took place from June 2012 right through till July 2014. The album was mixed in October 2014. I took 2015 to concentrate on other priorities. The remaining details were finished in Jan 2016 and the album is now ready for release.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
I describe ThrOes as “Dissident Metal”. This is a very deliberate statement of intent. I believe ThrOes stands beyond stylistic comparison to other bands operating within the rigid confines of genre stereo typing. ThrOes is not concerned with following these rules, nor is it concerned with image or belonging. I personally reject these conventions. They are worn out and limiting to me as an artist. As far as influences? To be honest I didn’t really listen to much metal at all between 2003 and 2016. I think this is one reason ThrOes sounds so original. Of course, I would listen to an album here and there that I might happen to worship, but listening to metal definitely wasn’t a daily thing at all. I listen to all sorts of music. With that said there were definitely some bands that made a heavy impression on me way back at the beginning, and a few were contributing factors to me starting writing for ThrOes in the first place. The list would include bands like Shining, Craft, Dolorian, Katatonia, Blut aus nord, Forgotten Tomb, Krohm, Leviathan, Weakling, Lurker of Chalice, MZ.412, Esoteric, Evoken, Funeral, Weakling, Killing Joke. I feel ThrOes sounds very different to all the above mentioned bands however, but I’m sure there are some similarities to aspects of a few I’m sure.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Because the music is strong and sounds like nothing else. It is entirely unique. Nothing about this album sounds like other metal albums. The music is honest. It’s not trying to fit in to any image or create any new ones and I think you can feel this. The music evolved independently of any other scene, trend, or premeditated stylistic objective. It just is unashamedly what it is. The music is dark. Very strong energy in every track. Every track is memorable, strong hooks, strong groove, heavy percussion, hypnotic guitars, relentless wall of dual vocals, dark, intense vibe. The music stands up on it’s own and carves out it’s own path amid a sea of copy cats and phoney’s who claim to be offering something new, but in reality are poorly rehashing the work of the titans who went before them. ThrOes certainly is not this! The album is 10 tracks and has a running time of 66 mins and 60 seconds. Great value for money!!! As soon as this album becomes available to purchase any metal
head should buy it without a second thought.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
A promotional e.p titled “The Drowning Rituals” was released to labels in 2005. There was some initial response to this from a few labels. Some I’m still in contact with now.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
ThrOes is a one man band so no live agenda at this stage.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
See question 3.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Release “This Viper Womb” in 2016. Get off the computer and get back to chopping wood on my property. Start pre production on the second ThrOes album. I already have the title of the album. I know how it will open and the final track is pretty much written.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
The album is finished and awaiting release. As of now the track “Nowhere Else” streams directly from the official website. The film clip for the opening track “Permanent Midnight” and the promotional film clip which features selections of tracks taken from the album can both be seen at the official Youtube channel. Hit the links below, discover the truth for yourself and spread the word. “This Viper Womb” will be out later this year.