Joel Violette, former guitarist for WOODS OF YPRES and creative force behind the blackened folk metal band THRAWSUNBLAT, has been hard at work on the second THRAWSUNBLAT full-length album, “Thrawsunblat II: Wanderer On The Continent Of Saplings”. The first album, “Canada 2010”, was released in January of 2010 and featured the late David Gold (WOODS OF YPRES) on drums, and Joel on guitar, bass, and vocals. “Thrawsunblat II” pushes the boundaries of its predecessor with a musical landscape featuring blackened folk metal as well as Maritime acoustic folk. The album is twelve tracks and sixty minutes of Atlantic Canadian rawness, filled out by fiddle, piano, and Irish whistle performances.
Lyrically, “Wanderer On The Continent Of Saplings” is a concept album, drawing structurally and thematically from Joseph Campbell‘s studies on mythology, “Hero With A Thousand Faces” and “The Hero’s Journey”. Some of the album’s overarching themes are: Existence on North America, our continent of cultural saplings, the journey we must take grieving death, seeking satisfaction amidst chaos, and how we deal with these ageless human issues in this modern age.
Joel has reprised his role as songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist for the album, and enlisted Rae Amitay and Brendan Hayter to handle drums and bass, respectively. The pair was chosen to complete the WOODS OF YPRES lineup for the band’s European tour in support of “Woods 5: Grey Skies And Electric Light”. Unfortunately, the tragic passing of David Gold put an end to those plans, but Amitay says, “‘Thrawsunblat II’ is an incredibly special way for the three of us to create music together. It’s an amazing project, and I’m honored that Joel has chosen us to be a part of it.”
“Thrawsunblat II” was recorded in July and August, in studios in both Canada and the United States. The band hopes to release both physical copies and digital downloads of the album in January of 2013.
The band is accepting donations via PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org) and has launched a fundraising page documenting their efforts, as well as offering sneak peeks, rewards, and exclusive content. They have also posted a fundraising video to their YouTube channel (see below).