The History of Metal Bassists - 60s Era Reading A Brief History of THALL 3 minutes


The metal subgenre known as "Thall" has carved out a unique niche within the modern metal scene. We're sure you've heard some Thall riffs before. With its distinctive sound and dedicated following, Thall represents a fascinating evolution of metal as more and more bands add Thall type elements to their songs. This article explores the origins, characteristics, and influence of Thall, highlighting key bands and the subgenre's growth over time. 

Origin of the Term "Thall"

The term "Thall" originated from the Swedish progressive metal band Vildhjarta. Known for their unique style and complex rhythms, Vildhjarta often used the word "Thall" in their social media posts and interviews.

Over time, the term became synonymous with their sound and was adopted by fans and other musicians to describe a specific subgenre of metal characterized by its heavy, djent-like, low tuned riffs and atmospheric elements.

Characteristics of Thall

Thall is defined by several unique musical features that set it apart from other metal subgenres:

  • Polyrhythms and Syncopation: Thall often employs complex polyrhythms and syncopated guitar riffs, creating a disorienting and aggressive sound.
  • Atmospheric Elements: The use of ambient and atmospheric sounds adds depth and mood to the music, enhancing its overall impact.
  • Heavy, Low-Tuned, Djent-Inspired Riffs: Borrowing from the djent movement, Thall features heavily distorted, palm-muted guitar riffs that contribute to its powerful sound.

These characteristics combine to create a sound that is both brutal and immersive, appealing to many kinds of fans of metal.

Popular Thall Bands

Several bands have become synonymous with the Thall subgenre, contributing to its growth and popularity:

  • Vildhjarta: The pioneers of Thall, known for their albums "Måsstaden" and "Thousands of Evils."
  • Humanity's Last Breath: Another influential band that has embraced the Thall sound, with albums like "Detestor" and "Abyssal." This band features members of Vildhjarta, so it's not too much of a surprise to see them here.
  • Reflections: Known for their extremely low tuned songs, creepy atmospheric elements, pitch shifting, and crushing drums. Notable releases include "The Fantasy Effect", "Willow" and "Exi(s)t".

These bands, among others, have helped to define and shape the Thall sound, gaining dedicated followings and influencing new artists.

The Growth and Evolution of Thall

Thall has evolved significantly since its inception, influenced by advancements in music production and the integration of new musical elements. Initially characterized by its raw and aggressive sound, Thall has grown to incorporate more melodic and atmospheric components, creating a richer and more diverse sonic palette.

The influence of Thall can be seen in various other subgenres of metal, as well as in the work of bands that may not identify strictly with Thall but have adopted some of its key characteristics. This cross-pollination has helped to keep the subgenre fresh and relevant in the ever-evolving metal scene.

There's a lot of people who say they don't really like Thall bands but they like Thall riffs in other metal songs.


Thall has made a significant impact on the metal music scene, offering a unique blend of complexity, aggression, and atmosphere. From its origins with Vildhjarta to its current status as a respected subgenre, Thall continues to evolve and inspire.

For some information on how to create Thall riffs and tones, check out this video from our YouTube Channel!

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