One of the most powerful forces in the goth metal underground, Thine stepped into the spotlight in the late '90s and continued to make waves throughout the next few years. It all started in 1996 when singer Alan, guitarist Paul, and drummer Dan came together due to their love of heavy music. Putting together the rough Journey's demo later that year, a member of Black Tears Records' staff heard the record and recommended them to be signed. Journey's was released as an EP and immediately began racking up positive opinions from metal zines. The band went into a furious writing stage and recorded a tape for their friends to get some of the material out of their heads. Even though it was limited to a small group of people, the album still spread into the tape-trading underground and began prompting responses from more labels. Peaceville Records, already the home of several influential metal acts, offered the band a contract in the fall of 1997. They accepted and were thrust into their first show, an opening spot with legendary black metal practitioners Mayhem. Faced with immense pressure considering how little experience they had, the band passed the test with flying colors and won over many fans with their tight stage show.