There are at least three metal band named Them, and in addition Them founded in 1964 and with Van Morrison. Them we are going to talk about today have German and American musicians and play an unusual heavy metal. Them was originally formed in 2008 by vocalist Troy Norr as a King Diamond tribute band, performing for three and a half years with over 20 shows including performances. Then Troy Norr started to create a concept idea in 2014 and molded a story, band, album and show around it.
The mentioned concept combines the most significant components of heavy metal, US power and thrash metal and songs that focus on lyrics about spooks and horror, Them are one of the most unusual new metal acts. Their debut album Sweet Hollow (2016) already more than hinted at the artistic potential of the six-piece. Their successor Manor Of The Se7en Gables sees the group surrounding front man KK Fossor (ex-Coldsteel) present an album that takes up thematically where its predecessor left off but goes on to explore the stylistic extremes of this musical genre even further.
Manor Of The Se7en Gables sounds harder, darker and technically more sophisticated than Sweet Hollow, main songwriter Markus Ullrich sketches the benchmark data of the latest release, adding: «At the same time, fans may be taken by surprise by a number of changes because we have unmistakably continued to evolve as a band during the past two years. The German guitarist, who was among the founder members of prog metal band Lanfear before joining Them in autumn 2013 and continues to be a member of speed/thrash metal act Septagon and instrumental project A Cosmic Trail, values this evolvement: I like it when songs also live up to certain technical standards. Luckily, we can easily fulfill those technical standards thanks to this outstanding line-up».
Despite its stylistic diversity, Manor Of The Se7en Gables sounds all of a piece. The great homogeneity between music and lyrics is based on the one hand on the charismatic voice of front man KK Fossor and on the other also on the structured approach of the two main composers Marcus Ullrich and Markus johansson: «We had already decided on the album’s plot when Markus and I started writing the songs, Ullrich explains. That’s why we worked in chronological order, composing first the intro and then each track in the scheduled sequence, which allowed us to keep in mind the story line and link the songs where stylistically possible. In line with the story’s dramaturgy, the album kicks off with tough sounds, takes a number of surprising turns and ends as tough as a real metal album should».
Manor Of The Se7en Gables was mixed by Dave Otero at the Flatline Audio studios in Denver. It’s scheduled for release on 26 October 2018 and will be available on Digi-CD, double LP (Gatefold) and for digital download. The band will then go on to strike on all fronts at the same time. Ullrich: «We played 30 shows to support the release of our debut. Now we’re set to top that number with the new songs».