Blackthorn is an all-female symphonic metal band that was founded in 2004 by the lead vocalist Aina. The band combines gothic and mainly black metal with classical elements. The band entered the studio in 2005 to record 3 songs for their first demo, “The Prologue of Eschaton”. Mixed and master by Israeli band Arafel, the demo’s self-released in January 2007.
History: 2004 – Present
Style: Symphonic Black Metal
Blackthorn is an all-female symphonic metal band that was founded in 2004 by the lead vocalist Aina. The band combines gothic and mainly black metal with classical elements, and entered the studio in 2005 to record 3 songs for their first demo, “The Prologue of Eschaton”. Mixed and master by Israeli band Arafel, the demo’s self-released in January 2007. The second track of the demo was included in the Metal World Compilation Vol.3 CD, released in Venezuela.
Shortly after releasing “The Prologue of Eschaton” Blackthorn returned to the studio to record 10 songs for their first full-length album “Gossamer Witchcraft” and its twin-brother a Russian language version of “Gossamer Witchcraft” called “Araneum”. Both albums were mixed and mastered in KIV records Studio,Moscow, in the beginning of 2009.
2009 saw Blackthorn sign a contract with English label Ravenheart Records and released “Gossamer Witchcraft” through them. “Araneum” was released in December 2009 through Moscow label Musica Production. On Februry 4, 2010, Blackthorn announced they signed another contract, this time with a digital UK label Hunter’s Moon. It released a special digital version of the “Gossamer Witchcraft” that includes 2 tracks sung in Russian. The album’s been available on iTunes since 2/1/10.
The band have played approximately 80 gigs in Russian Federation,Ukraine and Estonia, sharing stages with Cryptopsy, Sadist, Grave, Naumachia, Vedonist, Kivimetsan Druidi,HATE and Vesania. Blackthorn have previously appeared at the international metal festival Metal Heads Mission X.
The band released their second album, “Codex Archaos” at the end of 2011.
Aina – soprano/scream, lyrics
Elvira – guitars, growl, keys, music
Greta – bass
Varaska – drums
Less – violin
Verbena – bass
Freya – keyboards
Max – drums
Lydia – guitars
Olga – keyboards
2007, “The Prologue of Eschaton” (Demo)
2009, “Gossamer Witchcraft” (LP)
2009, “Araneum” (LP)
2011, “Codex Archaos” (LP) – Read review