BLACKTHORN

Being on their third album BLACKTHORN should be better known than they are. Hopefully this interview will be a start to that. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl

You have a new album to promote. How are you going to promote this album so that you’ll reach as many people as possible?
Aina: Of course we’ll try our best to make as many people as possible interested in our new album. The thing is to keep that fire burning and make it bigger day by day. New merchandise, new band photos, new live shows in new places… The common things an artist does to support its new release plus that special energy we draw from the album – we’re going to share it with you!

Could you give us a short introduction to the latest album?
Aina: It’s influenced by one of the earliest world cults, I mean the cult of the moon. The moon has always been associated with obscure and cryptic side of women essence. As for the plot, it deals with ancient triple deit y, that sometimes appears as one being, and at other times as three sisters. Like you know, Hecate, the Fates, Morrigan and so on. We chose three evil witch-sisters that reign over the world with their dark powers. The whole album is a story about these witches and their prey… You always need a prey in such a story, don’t you.
The album is released as a digipack and contains 9 tracks, 3 bonus tracks and 2 versions of our latest music video called “The Spectral Evildence”.

What would you say have been the single greatest influence this time around?
Elvira: Actually everything that happens to us in our lives – moments of inspiration, joy, sorrow or disappointment – are embodied in our music. The songs were composed at volatile times and influenced by different emotions and sentiments; however, concentration of all the vibes on this album reaches its apogee. The album turned out to be much more deep, mature and extreme than our previous releases and yet it’s still melodic and symphonic enough.
All the tracks are a single whole with the main plot and connected musically/conceptually . So yeah, I can say it’s a concept album.

What is the metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
Aina: We are a part of the scene, no matter what we feel. The metal scene in Russia is pretty big; while some bands are formed, others cease to exist. It’s seems to be neverending and that’s good.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
Elvira: To be honest I have no idea : ) We just do what we like without a backward glance at any movement.

When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
Acotath: I don’t understand why we can’t have birds and bees on a cover. Bees can crawl on birds’ corpses and make honey in their eye socket. That would be cute. We will make everything metal. The greatness of a cover depends on a quality of performance I guess. You can place excrement on a cover and it will look good if you have hands growing from your shoulders.
Aina: A great album cover to me it’s a cover of WITCH CULT TERNION. Don’t you agree…

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
Elvira: I don’t mind digital releases, it’s inevitable corollary of technological progress. I think we just need to change the laws dealing with sharing music in digital form.

What kind of live scene is there for bands like yours?
Aina: Being a metal band in Russia means you play 99% of your shows in clubs. It’s strange, but we have only a few open-air festivals. I hope their amount will grow.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
Acotath: It’s like a miracle when you play and people get a charge out of it. It’s like an exchange of energies.

What would you like to see the future bring?
Aina: WITCH CULT TERNION into every mind. And the possibilities we won’t miss.

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