Thumos returns with their second full length album Symposium. This is another journey into the philosophical themes of the ancient Greeks, this time bringing us into Plato’s Symposium. They continue down the progressive route, still sporting grandiose sounds with a raw production, but this time adding a bit more emphasis on the synthesized symphonic side of things.
Each of the following tracks are titled after each participant within Plato’s Symposium. They all have different stylistic approaches, emotions, and atmosphere to correspond with each speech and the contents that are given. This is a beautifully fascinating take on a legendary historic dialog that I’m sure fly under many people’s radar. This album, I feel is a great interpretation and the musicality at hand is next to none within the metal scene at the moment. The guitars can be intense and almost angry, but at times can be triumphant and rather heartfelt. The drums, in my opinion, are rather underrated within this album, sporting plenty of creative fills and little drum licks here and there that I find just add such a nice touch to it. Structurally speaking, each track relate to one another when listen to in sequence, but can easily be listened to on its own, as each feels like a progressive story, each having their own start and finish. There was more of a melodic bent with this album as opposed to the previous one, the emphasis on the synths and the added symphonic elements all through out the album really sets it apart from other albums of its kind.
Thumos really sets themselves apart yet again with this release. They’re able to create a truly unique sound that takes elements from all across the metal board to create something that is truly theirs. The sound is approachable yet any raw black metal occultist would definitely find the beauty that this album holds and still appreciate the uniquely raw approach to the production. Overall, Thumos‘ second full length album Symposium is a triumphant album within the underground scene. The album’s focus on Plato’s Symposium provides a fascinating and unique theme and helps further its self apart from the rest, especially with its melodic approach. This has been a recent favorite of mine and makes me look forward to whatever more they plan to release in the future. Would highly recommend alongside some philosophical classic texts.