Seven Thorns is a Danish power metal band formed in 1998. The group have undergone multiple changes in line-up leading up to the release of their debut album, Return to the Past in 2010. Despite being somewhat latecomers to the power metal scene, Seven Thorns’ sound draws heavily on the “old school of power metal” citing influences by bands such as Gamma Ray, Helloween and Stratovarius. Although not a neo-classical metal band as such, their songwriting reflects a great deal of influence from classical music.
The band was founded in 1998 by drummer Lars Borup. The band’s first single Artificial Night was recorded and released in the beginning of 2005 and was nominated for a Danish Metal Award. Seven Thorns was ready with new line-up in late 2008 and a single entitled Forest Majesty was recorded over New Year of 2008-09 and released in March 2009 by Airbourne Records, a small Danish label.
After the release of the debut album Return to the Past in 2010 through Nightmare Records Seven Thorns signed a promotion contract with the German agency Rock N Growl. The promotion deal resulted in numerous top class reviews by magazines and e-zines from all over the world as well as radio airplay in both Europe, The United States and Japan. The band’s follow-up album, entitled II was released in February 2014 which garnered equal amounts of positive reviews and radio airplay. Between mid 2014 and mid 2015 both Gustav Blide, Christian Strøjer, and Nicolaj Marker left the band to attend to other obligations. Björn Asking and Mads Mølbæk joined the ranks Seven Thorns covering the duties of lead singer and bassist respectively.