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The New York quartet’s new EP Gears soon to follow

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Originally taking their sustenance from melodic death/thrash metal roots, New York natives Thracian are a meat grinder of unbound aggression, and have grown over recent years since their 2010 EP Blight, both adding and subtracting elements along the way to become the beast before us today – so who were we to refuse them?

Yes, we’re proud to announce the band as our fourth signing, which will see the band releasing their new EP Gears next week through our innovative label model.

Gears has been a long time coming. The product of this multi-faceted evolution, as well as more than a little hard work and strife, it builds upon the themes laid down in Blight. Vocalist Dan Arena says:

[quote-symbol symbol1]In our early stages as a band we played a mix of thrash and melodic death metal – but as time went on our sound began to incorporate more progression and technicality. We never abandoned our heaviness, but we began adding layers of tech-influenced riffs and solos, with a nice touch of melody thrown in for good measure. Our influences range from bands heavily in the progressive/tech-death genre, to bands that are more core and thrash oriented. Each of us have our genres of choice, and we always do our best to incorporate them equally in each song we write. Basically, we write as a band, no one voice is louder than the other.

Whereas Blight was written around the affects of a broken heart, Gears is the result of a bitter heart that is reflecting on the incidents of that failed relationship and ultimately reaching closure. Each track represents the stages of decay and anger that grew overtime by the past. For example, the meaning behind “Apparatus” – which we are pleased to premiere through The Monolith and Monolithic Records – is the realization that the one person you thought was everything turned out to be the complete opposite, and even with the hard truth of knowing it’s over, you still love them. The track is easily one of our fastest and most rage-fueled tunes on the EP, and we hope everyone enjoys it, as much as we did writing it.


Thracian have certainly been around the block: between the trials and tribulations of playing empty venues in front of the other bands and their girlfriends, to losing band money and patience due to a crooked recording studio, they stuck with it and used those emotions to fuel their writing. Gears is a culmination of everything they’ve been through; it’s an album full of tasty riffs, hard-hitting drums, and screams from of a guy who obviously needed to vent and let go.

Dan continues:

[quote-symbol symbol1]To finally release this EP is to say goodbye the to the past and hello to the future. For all of our fans who have been waiting patiently for Gears, the wait will soon be over, and we can’t thank you enough for sticking with us through all the BS we seem to encounter as a band.

Gears will be released on March 19th through Monolithic Records – with member discounts for Monolith Acolytes as always. You can follow Thracian on Facebook here. Check back in the meantime for further updates, and make sure to continue supporting great independent music.

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