A black metal/industrial/electronic band from Trondheim, Norway. Initially founded in 1989 as Stigma Diabolicum by Snorre Ruch and Marius Vold, who were joined by Harald Eilertsen and Bård Eithun in 1990 and the name was changed to Thorns.

In 1991 Harald and Snorre recorded a demo tape "Grymyrk", which was followed by Snorre's "Trøndertun" tape in 1992. These recordings were never officially released, but became highly influential for the whole fledgling Norse black metal scene due to Snorre's unique guitar playing style, where all six strings of the guitar were used. Together with Mayhem guitarist Øystein Aarseth (aka Euronymous) they perfected this technique that became a blueprint for the Norwegian black metal riffing.

In 1992 Snorre joined Mayhem as guitarist, which resulted in a brief break-up of Thorns. He however left Mayhem already after few months and reactivated Thorns, which from there on functioned as a one-man project. Since 2000 Bjørn Dencker (Aldrahn) has been band's vocalist and in 2007 Jon T. Wesseltoft (bass), Kenneth Kapstad (drums) and Christian Broholt (guitar) joined the Thorns line-up.


FOG 019, Fog 019 Thorns - Thorns Vs Emperor album art Thorns Vs Emperor (2) Thorns Vs Emperor (2) - Thorns Vs Emperor (Album) Moonfog Productions FOG 019, Fog 019 Norway 1999 Sell This Version
FOG026 Thorns - Thorns album art Thorns Thorns (Album) Moonfog Productions FOG026 Norway 2001 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

IOCD002 Thorns - Embrace // Fragment album art Thorns Embrace // Fragment(CD, EP) Institute Of Civil Disobedience IOCD002 Norway 2002 Sell This Version
none Thorns - Fragment / Be My Love album art Thorns / Gro Melgaard Thorns / Gro Melgaard - Fragment / Be My Love(12", Pic) Institute Of Civil Disobedience none Norway 2002 Sell This Version


KLP 005 Thorns - Stigma Diabolicum album art Thorns Stigma Diabolicum (Comp) Kyrck Productions KLP 005 Greece 2007 Sell This Version


none Thorns - Grymyrk album art Thorns Grymyrk(Cass, S/Sided) Not On Label (Thorns Self-released) none Norway 1991 Sell This Version
none Thorns - Trøndertun album art Thorns Trøndertun(Cass, S/Sided) Not On Label (Thorns Self-released) none Norway 1992 Sell This Version