Thrawsunblat is the brainchild of former Woods of Ypres guitarist and New Brunswick native Joel Violette, who handles all songwriting, guitar, and vocal duties. The first release from the band, Canada 2010, featured the late David Gold (Woods of Ypres) on drums, with Joel taking on all other instrumental and vocal roles.
Thrawsunblat II pushes the boundaries of its predecessor with a new cast of supporting musicians, as well as an aural landscape featuring blackened folk metal as well as Maritime acoustic folk. The album is twelve tracks and sixty minutes of raw Atlantic Canadian sound, filled out by fiddle, piano, and Irish whistle performances.
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.
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 of grieving death, seeking fulfillment and meaning amidst chaos, and how we face these ageless human issues in this modern age.
Thrawsunblat II was recorded in July and August, in studios in both Canada and the United States. The album was mixed and mastered by Siegfried Meier at Beach Road Studios.
Thrawsunblat I: Canada 2010
Songs, guitars, bass, vocals: Joel Violette (Woods of Ypres)
Drums: David Gold (Woods of Ypres)
Thrawsunblat II: Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings
Songs, guitars, vocals, tin whistle: Joel Violette
Drums: Rae Amitay (Immortal Bird, ex-Mares of Thrace)
Bass: Brendan Hayter (Obsidian Tongue, Truthseeker)
Fiddle: Jeff Mott