Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life are pleased to bring you an interview with Throne of Heresy. Their new album, an ambitious concept surrounding the Black Death, is out on November 3rd 2017 & you can read our review here.
1. Tell us a bit about the band’s origins.
We’re based in Mjölby, Ostrogothia, Sweden. It’s a small place where winters are dark and cold and summers are not. The band got together in 2009 and started to write some thrash death. After a while, me and our current bassist joined and we worked it into a blackened death metal outfit. We self-released an album and an EP, then got signed by The Sign Records where we released our second album Antioch. And here we are.
2. How are you feeling about the upcoming release of the new album?
It feels great to be honest. Our previous album got some nice responses to it, but I think we’ve surpassed it in every way with our new album Decameron. And that’s what matters. Still, the reviews so far have been great which is of course nice. But as long as we ourselves are satisfied it’s all good (we wouldn’t have released it if we weren’t, by the way).
3. It’s themed around the Black Death, right? Can you tell us why?
Well, we play blackened death metal. The topic sort of gives itself away. And once I got into the books I realised there’s an even more fascinating history to it than I thought. Actual eye-witness accounts from the 14th century, coupled with tales, folklore, runic inscriptions and saintly visions. It makes for a good concept album. Not that it was an easy task writing it. All of this material had to be boiled down to 10 tracks and written in a way that makes it possible to sing without dying from asphyxiation. So it was quite a challenge, though I enjoyed it.
Plague map by Luciana Nedelea – Artworks.
4. How do you feel about the effects YouTube & streaming services? Are they a benefit to you?
Yes for the most part. I think the “horrors” of piracy are greatly exaggerated. Streaming services of all sorts are great for reaching out with your material. I know some “true” bands want to stay totally underground and that’s fine. But we make our music to be heard, so it’s alright to put it out there. If it’s good, people will have an easier way finding it and listening to it repeatedly, until they decide it’s good enough to buy the album.
5. What’s next for Throne of Heresy?
First up is the album release and release party on November 3rd. Then we’re doing some gigs before the year is over. And then we’ll keep doing that while hopefully writing a new album.
Check out Throne of Heresy’s earlier album, Antioch via Spotify & via Apple Music above. You can order the album over on Bandcamp & keep up to date with all Throne of Heresy news by liking their Facebook Page. You can also listen to a few tracks over on MySpace & YouTube.