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YEAR FORMED: 2007
HOME TOWN: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Iron Thrones is an epic/progressive melodic metal band from Minneapolis, MN. Previously performing under the name “Everest” and releasing the “Where Earth Meets The Sky” EP through Mascaret Records in 2006, their debut album as Iron Thrones, titled “Visions of Light”, was self-released on November 21st, 2008 as a free digital download on their website, and as a short run “Limited Edition” CD. Soon after its release, “Visions of Light” garnered many positive reviews on underground websites, leading to a nation-wide re-release in early 2009 by Tribunal Records. Shortly thereafter, guitarist Adam Shaleen would amicably leave the band to pursue other interests outside of the music industry. The band has performed and recorded as a four-piece since then.
In Fall 2009, the band began the process of writing their follow-up album. In Spring 2010, just before they were to enter the studio, Iron Thrones was announced as the winner of Scion’a “No Label Needed” Contest. They were flown out to the East Coast to record what would end up being a 6-song, 40+ minute EP with Will Putney of The Machine Shop. In addition, they received mentoring from several high-profile musicians and PR/music-related companies, with the intention of giving the band everything they’d need in order to succeed as an independent band.
In late June 2010, the band announced “The Wretched Sun” would be released on July 27th, 2010, both digitally and as an eco-friendly Digipak through their online store. “Like A Moth To Flame” was posted on their Myspace page as promotion for the new record.
Their sound is primarily influenced by other progressive metal acts such as Opeth, Burst, Mastodon, and Between the Buried and Me, as well as post-metal such as Cult of Luna and rock bands such as Cave In and Thrice.