Tonight, Church of the 8th Day, apparently already rested from Murderfest, brings black metal to The Scene in Glendale. Sandwiched in between the blast beats (a poor stereotype to use for this show actually) will be BLACK MATH HORSEMAN, with a name that ostensibly fits, but a sound that may leave some in attendance flummoxed. Seeing the reaction will be fun in itself.
Velnias are a young black metal trio from the outskirts of Chicago. Their first proper albumSovereign Nocturnal, which contains three 10+-minute songs, charted high on my best of 2008, and as a result, the band played the first Show No Mercy live event back in January, along with Nachtmystium and others. To get an idea of the sound take a listen to "Risen of The Moor." I caught up with vocalist/guitarist P.J.V. and drummer A.J.S.
Pitchfork: There was quite a musical shift between the demo Pacing the Cyclic Nether and the new one. What inspired it?
P.J.V.: Pacing the Cyclic Nether, from writing to recording, was rather rushed and misguided. The change between albums was a natural shift that came when we dropped a genre-specific frame of mind. Without the constrictions of remaining bound to a single genre we found a voice that more accurately represents our vision.
Pitchfork: The move away from a more straight up black metal/black 'n' roll sound is pretty clear, but did the subject matter change at all? It's difficult to tell when just going on song titles...
P.J.V.: Our outlooks have not changed on things, but lyrically, Sovereign Nocturnal is more focused. As an entirety the album speaks of a yearning for cleansing and rebirth, a reflection and calling to the past, and a realization of the bleak horizon that lies ahead.