Jul 122018
 

Out of the ashes of Crimson Thorn come Taking the Head of Goliath who have released the debut studio album …a monstrously heavy slab of death metal and follow up to their debut live album.

The Minnesota band Taking the Head of Goliath traces their roots all the way back to 2015 and basically is the story of a collection of bands breaking up and members of those bands getting together and looking for bass player, which brought in Luke Renno from Crimson Thorn.  The band quickly gained attention, playing their first show on the For Today farewell tour, which also featured Norma Jean.  The band’s debut show was also released as an ep earlier on Noisetrade and their self-titled ep  is their debut after signing to Rottweiler Records.  On the self-titled ep, Matthew Mark Vangsgard laid the drum tracks but he has since left the band and been replaced by Steve Reishus (ex-Crimson Thorn). For those who can’t easily decipher the lyrics, the band is looking to spread a message of hope, redemption, strength, and courage through Jesus Christ.

Haunting, eerie music builds in the intro track “Of Sin and Death” and then the pounding rhythm of “Oblivious into Oblivion” kicks in with a great guitar fill at the beginning before settling into a double bass driven section supporting a mixture of death growls and shrieks.  Guttural vocals rule the day here and the band comes through with punishingly heavy riffs to keep the song moving.  For my ears, the closest comparison here would be bands like Broken Flesh and Cannibal Corpse. Continue reading »

Dec 082017
 

It was already been announced last month, but not mentioned here on TMR. Despite it’s a bit older news, it’s still relevant and worth mentioning:

Brutal Death Metal Band Taking the Head of Goliath (TTHOG) would like to introduce you to their new drummer Steve Reishus, Steve replaces founding member Matthew Mark Vangsgard who left the band in October.

The band comments: “Steve is a seasoned drummer who played in Crimson Thorn along with Luke from 2003-2007. He played shows with Crimson Thorn at the Cornerstone festival, Sonshine festival, Nordic Fest in Norway, Revolution fest in Mexico, and more. Steve is a husband and a father and a great brother in the Lord. He’s fit in with us quickly and we’ve even started writing new songs! So welcome Steve! P.s. he’s also a light weight power lifter. P.p.s. everything is coming along nicely with the album”.

Taking The Head Of Goliath have been busy working on their debut album that will be released early next year through Rottweiler Records. Continue reading »

Feb 112017
 

Crimson Thorn – Anthology Of Brutality: 1992-2002 The Complete Collective Works (3-CD Set) will be released on March 28th through Bombworks Records …get the special pre-order price ($4 savings) now. Be quick as there are only 500 available.

Crimson Thorn is one of the most technical and pummeling death metal bands ever! They stand toe to toe with bands like Obituary, Carcass, and Cannibal Corpse. Crimson Thorn is one of the few Christian death metal bands that could ever be put in such an elite category. The vocals are low and ultra-gutteral. One album literally included a liner note warning that no effects were used on the vocals! From beginning to end the blast beats, double bass assaults, gutteral growls, and general death metal fury never lets up. This release features all three albums remastered and combined onto two CDs. These classic albums – “Unearthed” (1994), “Dissection” (1997), and “Purification” (2002) have long been out of print. Fans can once again discover the delight and joy of the deep, distressing, and downright disturbing sounds of Crimson Thorn! Continue reading »

Jan 122017
 

As we previously reported, Bombworks Records will re-release all of Crimson Thorn albums, Bombworks just reported the following update:

“The release is going to be called Crimson Thorn – The Anthology Of Brutality: 1992-2002 The Complete Collective Works released on Bombworks Records hopefully in February….Bombworks will be offering pre-orders soon…..”

We keep you posted.

Late last month Luke Renno said in a Facebook post: “We have talked about recording another album. Right now it’s up in the air. But also check out the new band I’m playing bass in called “Taking the Head of Goliath” Brutal death metal that fans of Crimson Thorn will love! We will be putting up videos of our first live show soon.” Continue reading »

Dec 302016
 

crimson-thorn-logoLuke Renno of Crimson Thorn and Taking the Head of Goliath recently reacted to a facebook post which was about Crimson Thorn

Renno said: “All of our albums are being re-released on Bombworks records in the next year. We have talked about recording another album. Right now it’s up in the air. But also check out the new band I’m playing bass in called “Taking the Head of Goliath” Brutal death metal that fans of Crimson Thorn will love! We will be putting up videos of our first live show soon.”

We keep you posted. Continue reading »