Empires in the Sun

by Thorium

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Welcome to the official website of Thorium
a classic heavy metal band from the Low Lands

Booking enquiries: bookings@thoriumband.com

Latest news

08 jan

Date: JAN 08 2021


We're tremendously proud to present you with our brand new official music video for the song 'Where Do We Go'...

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04 dec

Date: DEC 04 2020


Our brand new album 'Empires in the Sun' will be released March 5th 2021 via Freya Records and is now available for pre-order!...

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27 nov

Date: NOV 27 2020


Strike while the iron is hot! Following our announcement last week about our record deal with Freya Records, we are eager to let you know that...

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20 nov

Date: NOV 20 2020


We are very proud to announce a cooperation between Thorium and Freya Records for the release of our upcoming sophomore album "Empires in the Sun".

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08 may

Date: MAY 08 2020


While the COVID-19 virus has globally affected people and businesses, Thorium's Dario Frodo explained to Zware Metalen in an interview what are the consequences for his band and the upcoming sophomore album release....

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About the band


Band photos © Hans van Hoof, 2020

Given great incentive by their work together in Belgium’s legendary Heavy Metal band Ostrogoth, axemen Dario Frodo, Stripe and Tom Tee found themselves overwhelmed by massive amounts of inspiration for new material, much of which proved to lie too much outside the boundaries of what they could rightly realize with Ostrogoth. Therefore, they decided to found a brand new formation into which to channel all these new ideas.  With the addition of classically trained batterist Louis Van der Linden to the fold, the search was open for a powerful vocalist with a wide range and striking stage presence, which they found in seasoned Dutch singer David Marcelis (Lord Volture, Black Knight).

With the line-up complete, the band put the finishing touches on their self-titled debut album, which was released on October 5th 2018. Touring and gigging in promotion for the new record commenced immediately, and saw the band playing dozens of dates across Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Holland and Belgium, where they shared the stage with acts such as Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime, Ross The Boss, Toxik, The Three Tremors, Heir Apparent, Q5, and many more.

Not content to rest on their laurels, and eager to prove themselves a band that could keep on producing quality material quickly and efficiently, Thorium completed work on their sophomore album Empires In The Sun within one year of their debut release. Working together once again with seasoned mixer Simone Mularoni (DGM, Michael Romeo, Geoff Tate, Ray Alder,...), the band delivers some of their most ambitious material yet, employing guest vocals by acclaimed artists such as Arjen A. Lucassen (Ayreon) and Joe Van Audenhove (Evil Invaders), as well as British actor and narrator Norman Eshley (Blind Guardian) to further broaden their sound. ‘Empires In The Sun’ is released on March 5 th 2021.

Influenced by and incorporating elements of all the classic styles of Metal from the past four decades, such as NWOBHM, Power Metal, Progressive Metal, Speed Metal, Bay Area Thrash and of course classic Heavy Metal, Thorium’s members set themselves no boundaries and seek to deliver music that is heavy, melodic, virtuosic, catchy and conceptual.

David Marcelis - Vocals

Former/Other bands:
Black Knight (2017-present)
Lord Volture (2010-present)
Fireforce (live) (2018)
Judas Rising (2005-2009, 2012-2014)
Writer's Block (2009-2010)
Methusalem (2005-2006)
Conquestador (2004-2005)
Retaliate (2005)
Purgatory (2000-2004)

Favourite artists:
Judas Priest, Halford, Iced Earth, Primal Fear, Cage, Savatage, Nevermore, Saxon, Accept, Agent Steel, Queensrÿche, Manowar, Jag Panzer, Overkill, W.A.S.P.

Special interests:
Survivalruns, history, historical novels, historical board wargames, PC games
Sennheiser wireless microphone, Shure in-ear monitors, t-bone wireless system

Black Knight - Road to Victory (2020)
Black Knight - Tales From the Darkside (remaster, 2020)
Conquestador - Promo May 2005 (demo, 2005)
Lord Volture - Will to Power (2014)
Lord Volture - Never Cry Wolf (2011)
Lord Volture - Beast of Thunder (2010)
Purgatory - The Green Angel (live, 2004)
Purgatory - Loud Enough for a Deaf Man to Hear (live, 2002)
Retaliate - Forgotten Tales (demo, 2005)
Thorium - Empires in the Sun (2021)
Thorium - Thorium (2018)

Guest appearances:
Will Schut - Begin de Dag met een Dansje (single, 2012)
Winter's Edge - The Deceivers (EP, 2015)
ZiX - Tides of the Final War (2016)

Tom Tee - Guitars

Former/Other bands:
Entering Polaris
In Motion
23 Acez
Neo Prophet
Quantum Fantay

Favourite artists:
Iron Maiden, Rush, Blind Guardian, Symphony X, Helloween, Gamma Ray, Dream Theater, Rage, Ayreon, Kamelot, Metallica (of old), Virgin Steele, Therion, Iced Earth

Ibanez ‘S’ guitars, ENGL Victor Smolski head, Orange and Mesa/Boogie cabinets, Morgan and Eastman acoustic guitars, TC Electronics FX pedals, Dunlop Jazz III picks, d’Addario strings, Planet Waves cables, Shure and Line 6 wireless systems
Special interests:
Literature, history, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, classic PC gaming

23 Acez – Embracing the Madness (2018)
23 Acez – Redemption Waves (2015)
23 Acez – Crossroads (2012)
Entering Polaris – Godseed (2018)
Collieman – The Same Blood (2011)
Gabriel Scar – Oceans of Sound (2014)
In Motion – Thriving Force (2018)
Mighty Sunscape – Road to Paradise (2009)
Neo Prophet – T.I.M.E. (2015)
Offworld – Some Circles Are Square (2016)
Onesty – Collected Singles (2010)
Quantum Fantay – Tessellation of Euclidean Space (2017)
Quantum Fantay – Dancing in Limbo (2015)
Rohan Lee – Crush the Rock (2012)
Thorium - Empires in the Sun (2021)
Thorium - Thorium (2018)

Dario Frodo - Guitars

Former/Other bands:
ex-Quantum Fantay
ex-Gemini Season
ex-Something to Say

Favourite artists:
Toto, Fates Warning, Chicago, Journey, Level 42, Billy Joel, Testament, Iron Maiden, Foreigner, Heathen, Death Angel, Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, Def Leppard, Savatage, Armored Saint

Special interests:
Food, music, travelling

Skervesen guitars, Kemper Amps, Mesa Boogie cabinets
23 Acez - Crossroads
23 Acez - Redemption Waves
Gemini Season - Lost
Ghiribizzi - Pant'ha Rei
Ghiribizzi - Zep Tepi
Outbreak - The First Hatch
Outbreak - Live at 't Kelderke
Ostrogoth - Last Tribe Standing
Quantum Fantay - Agapanthusterra
Quantum Fantay - Kaleidothrope
Quantum Fantay - From Herzberg....
Quantum Fantay - Bridges of Kukeriku
Quantum Fantay - Bridges of the Old Fishing Mine
Quantum Fantay - Terragaia
Thorium - Empires in the Sun (2021)
Thorium - Thorium (2018)

Stripe - Bass

Former/Other bands:
WASB (2012- present)
ex-Gemini Season
ex-Mr E

Favourite artists:
WASP, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Halestorm, Saxon, Twisted Sister, Accept, Poison, Skid Row, Stratovarius, Queensrÿche, Dio, Vixen, Pink, Ratt, Mötley Crue, Dokken, Judas Priest
Special interests:
Moto GP, WK Superbike, snooker, airbrush, painting, leather crafting, collecting action figures

B.C. Rich, Rotosound flatwound, Line 6 wireless, LD wireless in ear, custom leather straps MK, Ashdown 4x10, Markbass little Mark Tube

Ostrogoth - Last Tribe Standing (2015)
Thorium - Empires in the Sun (2021)
Thorium - Thorium (2018)

Louis Van der Linden - Drums

Former/Other bands:
23 Acez
Humanga Danga
ex-Sushi Invert
ex-Traffic Jam
ex-Shoot To Thrill
ex-Heads Up High

Favourite artists:
Meshuggah, Tool, Slipknot, Periphery, Night Verses, TesseracT, Tremonti, Animals as Leaders, Sky Harbor, A Perfect Circle, Gojira, Monuments, Ghost
Special interests:
Dogs, outdoor sports, books and movies, science

Meinl Cymbals, Promark drumsticks, Evans drumheads, Tama drumthrone, DW9000 double pedal, Shure SE315 inears, Drumcraft serie 8 drumkit and Sonor Prolite snaredrum

23 Acez – Embracing the Madness (2018)
Thorium - Empires in the Sun (2021)
Thorium - Thorium (2018)

Upcoming & Past

Tour Dates

2020   2019   2018
09.05 - De Verlichte Geest, Roeselare (BE)
26.04 - Elpee Fest, Deinze (BE)
  30.11 - Dynamo, Eindhoven (NL)
29.11 - Negasonic, Aalst (BE)
28.11 - Hedon, Zwolle (NL)
27.11 - Turock, Essen (DE)
26.11 - Elfer Club, Frankfurt (DE)
24.11 - Lazarus, Leiden (NL)
23.11 - Scruffy Murphy's, Birmingham (GB)
22.11 - The Carlisle, Hastings (GB)
21.11 - The King Billy, Northampton (GB)
02.11 - Metal Against Child Cancer, Deerlijk (BE)
26.10 - Heaven's Door Revival, Meulebeke (BE)
25.10 - A Night Of Heavy Metal, Kreenheinstetten (DE)
19.10 - Meeterlijk Metaal XXX, Almere (NL)
01.09 - Bar 42, Worthing (GB)
31.09 - Den Fest V, Hatfield (GB)
30.09 - Frietrock, Oud-Turnhout (BE)
18.08 - Willemeen, Arnhem (NL)
16.08 - Zeeltje Rock, Deest (NL)
03.08 - Alcatraz Pre-Party, Gentbrugge (BE)
28.07 - Little Devil, Tilburg (NL)
10.05 - 't Sas, Harelbeke (BE)
04.05 - Kraken Metal Fest, Ittre (BE)
13.04 - Na Vinici, Blatná (CZ)
16.03 - FullMetal Osthessen, Niederjossa (DE)
02.03 - The Crossover, Ghent (BE)
19.01 - Ragnarok, Opitter (BE)

  19.12 - De Cacaofabriek, Helmond (NL)
15.12 - Pluto Metal Fest, Oosterzele (BE)
17.11 - Backstage, Nijmegen (NL)
10.11 - Soundcheck One Festival, Waldbronn (DE)
09.11 - Alexander The Great, Mainz (DE)
05.11 - Mendigo, Barakaldo (ES)
04.11 - La Casa De Las Musas, Burgos (ES)
03.11 - Silikona, Madrid (ES)
02.11 - Spectrum, Murcia (ES)
09.10 - Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE)
06.10 - The Jack, Eindhoven (NL)
05.10 - Elpee, Deinze (BE)
31.08 - Little Devil, Tilburg (NL)
20.05 - Rockfest 28, Hamme (BE)
07.04 - A Tribute To Wizz, Lotenhulle (BE)

About the MUSIC


Empires in the Sun
#1 Dreams of Empire (a Pastorale)
      (music: Tom Tee)
#2 Exquisite
      (music: Dario Frodo / lyrics: Dario Frodo & Tom Tee)
#3 Powder and Arms II
      (music & lyrics: Tom Tee)
#4 Where Do We Go
      (music & lyrics: Tom Tee)
#5 More Than Meets the Eye
      (music: Dario Frodo & Tom Tee / lyrics: Dario Frodo)
#6 Empires in the Sun
      (music: Stripe & Tom Tee / lyrics: Tom Tee)
#7 The Old Generation
      (music & lyrics: Tom Tee)
#8 Winterfall
      (music: Dario Frodo / lyrics: Tom Tee)
#9 Itchin' and Achin' (Dead-Eyed Society)
      (music & lyrics: Dario Frodo)
#10 1302 - The Minstrel Part 1
      (music & lyrics: Tom Tee)
#11 1302 - The Golden Shadow
      (music & lyrics: Tom Tee)
#12 1302 - The Minstrel Part 2
      (music & lyrics: Tom Tee)

Year: 2021
Label: Freya Records

David Marcelis: lead vocals
Tom Tee: electric, acoustic and classical guitars, backing vocals
Dario Frodo: guitars, backing vocals
Kurk “Stripe” Lawless: bass guitar, backing vocals
Louis Van der Linden: drums & percussion

Guest appearances:
Norman Eshley: narration
Arjen Anthony Lucassen: lead vocals
Joe Van Audenhove: lead vocals
Anneleen Olbrechts: lead & backing vocals
Benny 'Zors' Willaert: lead & backing vocals

Produced by Tom Tee
Mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni @ Domination Studio, San Marino
Drums and vocals recorded @ Pete Mush’s Mushroomland Studio, Lokeren

Artwork painted by Velio Josto

#1 March of the Eastern Tribe
      (music: Dario Frodo)
#2 Ostrogoth
      (music & lyrics: Dario Frodo)
#3 Court of Blood
      (music: Dario Frodo / lyrics: Tom Tee)
#4 Godspeed
      (music & lyrics: Tom Tee)
#5 Icons Fall
      (music: Dario Frodo & Stripe / lyrics: Dario Frodo)
#6 Powder and Arms
      (music & lyrics: Tom Tee)
#7 All Manner of Light
      (music: Stripe / lyrics: Tom Tee & Stripe)
#8 Return to the Clouds
      (music & lyrics: Tom Tee)
#9 Four by Number, Four by Fate
      (music: Tom Tee & Dario Frodo / lyrics: Tom Tee)

Year: 2018
Label: Empire Records (physical) / Rock 'N' Growl Records (digital)

David Marcelis: lead vocals
Tom Tee: electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Dario Frodo: electric guitars, backing vocals
Kurk “Stripe” Lawless: bass guitars, backing vocals
Louis Van der Linden: drums

Guest appearances:
Anneleen Olbrechts: backing vocals

Produced by Tom Tee and Pete Mush
Mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni @ Domination Studio, San Marino
Drums and vocals recorded @ Pete Mush’s Mushroomland Studio, Lokeren

Artwork by Sara Decat



What the CRITICS say



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"If you yearn for classy, well-crafted melodic heavy metal songs with a penchant for memorability, excellent musicianship and world-class vocals, then Thorium cries out for your immediate investigation.  Thorium are the real deal." (9/10) - True Metal Lives

"All together it makes Thorium’s debut a fantastic one, this is a highlight in the history of Belgian Heavy Metal!" (92/100) - Metal To Infinity

"I love an album with such vibrant energy. If you chance to pick apart the album as I am always inclined to do, each musician in and of themselves brandish absolute potent talent." - Boston Rock Radio

  Aardschok   78/100     Hell Spawn   90/100     Metal To Infinity   92/100     RockMuZine   85/100
  Battle Helm   5/5     Legacy   12/15     Metalhead.it   7.5/10     RockXXL   8/10
  Belgian Metal Shredder   90/100     Lords Of Metal   88/100     Music In Belgium   4.5/5     Snoozecontrol   -/-
  Boston Rock Radio   -/-     Loud And Proud   70/100     Musiczine   8/10     Soil Chronicles   7.5/10
  BURRN!   78/100     Luminous Dash   -/-     Musika   90/100     The Median Man   -/-
  DarkScene   8.5/10     Mega-Metal.de   7.5/10     My Revelations   11/15     True Metal Lives   9/10
  Distorted Sound   7/10     Metal Addicts   -/-     Oblivion   8.5/10     Valkyrian Music   3.5/5
  FFM-Rock   8.5/10     Metal Express Radio   -/-     Powermetal.de   8.5/10     White Room   -/-
  Fireworks Magazine   -/-     Metal Hammer   5/7     Powerplay   6/7     Wings Of Death   -/-
  GRIMM   9/10     Metal-Nose   8.5/10     Rock Hard Italy   7/10     Zware Metalen   7.5/10
  Headbangers Lifestyle   -/-     Metal Temple   8/10     Rock Tribune   8.5/10            


  Never Mind The Hype   30.11.2019 - Dynamo, Eindhoven (NL)     Streepclip   16.03.2019 - FullMetal Osthessen, Niederjossa (DE)
  RockMuzine   30.11.2019 - Dynamo, Eindhoven (NL)     Musika   15.12.2018 - Pluto Metal Fest, Oosterzele (BE)
  MetalInside   26.11.2019 - Elfer Club, Frankfurt (DE)     Belgian Metal Shredder   15.12.2018 - Pluto Metal Fest, Oosterzele (BE)
  Erikprogtricolor   24.11.2019 - Lazarus, Leiden (NL)     Musiczine   15.12.2018 - Pluto Metal Fest, Oosterzele (BE)
  Musika   30.09.2019 - Frietrock, Oud-Turnhout (BE)     Made In Metal   05.11.2018 - Mendigo, Barakaldo (ES)
  Musika   10.05.2019 - 't Sas, Harelbeke (BE)     Musika   05.10.2018 - Elpee, Deinze (BE)
  Music In Belgium   04.05.2019 - Kraken Metal Fest, Ittre (BE)     Erikprogtricolor   31.08.2018 - Little Devil, Tilburg (NL)
  Musika   04.05.2019 - Kraken Metal Fest, Ittre (BE)     Rockportaal.nl   20.05.2018 - Rockfest 28, Hamme (BE)
  Snoozecontrol   04.05.2019 - Kraken Metal Fest, Ittre (BE)     Rock Tribune   07.04.2018 - A Tribute To Wizz, Lotenhulle (BE)


  Zware Metalen   May 2020     Metal.Inside   November 2018
  Musiczine   January 2019     Lords Of Metal   November 2018
  Haschi's Metal Corner   December 2018     Rock Tribune #178   October 2018
  Metal To Infinity   November 2018     Rock Tribune #168   September 2017
  Jan Vervaeke video interview   November 2018            

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