Throne Ablaze by S.Wizen
Valkyrja debut album ‘The Invocation of Demise’, was recorded in Necromorbus Studio during March 2007. The band quickly gained their reputation as a ferocious live act. 2009 saw a return to Necromorbus Studio for the recording of their second album, the most aptly named 2010, Contamination. The third album, The Antagonist’s Fire, set the world aflame on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in the year 2013. The opus also marked the beginning of Valkyrja’s long-running collaboration with German underground cult label World Terror Committee. The past few years have seen the band subjected to several crucial line-up changes, igniting a period of utter despair that would sow the seeds for what is now known as Throne Ablaze. The album reflects the passion and dedication of everyone involved, those who face every storm, past and future, with a weapon in hand!
The listeners that are not familiar with our albums, have the best chance to truly experience our music. I will not ruin the experience with expectations and meaningless categorizations. At your own risk!
As with every album, there was a thin line between strife and frustration. Crafting with aim of progression is as fruitful as it is fatally. Though with ‘Throne Ablaze’ we suffered from unforeseen events with the sudden disappearance of vocalist RSDX. The music was composed with fragments collected from the time that followed ‘The Antagonist’s Fire’, and even before that. I work best in solitude and present my creations as more or less complete songs, where each part can be understood as a whole, rather than being evaluated riff by riff.
The process didn’t look very different from the other albums, but what came as a sudden change was the vocals and lyric situation. As we were already in the studio recording the album we were left with few options. Led by frustration and devotion we decided to continue with me as a vocalist. This decision was due to the aversion of involving a new individual thus late in the process. From that point, it took us nearly three months to complete the lyrics and the vocal recording. It was not a pleasant process, but strife and focus that gave birth to what became ‘Throne Ablaze’.
Our lyrics is written with a more critical sense of questioning the fundaments on which the world relies. I don´t claim to know it better than you or to teach you its secrets. The intention is to open the senses and see what is commonly taken for granted by a less limited mind. Things that we have learned to fill with meaning are perhaps of a more imaginary kind. This approach can easiest be explained as nihilistic and even cynical, why feelings such as hopelessness and despair are often mediated.
I believe that everything we experience and witness bear fruit to our creations. It is difficult to point out where and what causes a specific outcome, I rather look at the picture as a whole. Valkyrja stands critical to the worldly constructions and its boundaries. We could call it an awareness of the unknown. It is a mental process of blocking the way you have always been taught to see. I find it rewarding to work with and evaluate these thoughts in a creative process, which in return rewards me as a counterbalance to life in a world which I can´t fully control and yet participate in.
I have little interest in comparing or feeling a connection to other groups that play a similar style of music. It has never been natural to me to be part of a movement or a “scene”. What is the point of a brotherhood based on something that people claim to be “independence”? The content, however, seems to be rather watery today. You can pretty much see a recipe, find the right ingredients and the sheep will come to your “live ritual”. So no, honestly, I do not find much interest in today’s scene, apart from a few exceptions.