Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Hawthorne and I met in college and started jamming not long after. We spent awhile writing different songs and trying to decide what exactly we wanted to do. I was planning to write and play bass as well until we met Flower. He owned a bass and wanted to play, that was good enough back then. He turned out to be a hell of a bassist so that was a plus.
Brooks, later joined us on drums and we began writing and demoing some of the songs that would later become our ‘Forest Dweller’ EP. Unfortunately, just as things were picking up, Brooks decided to leave the band and we had to hold off our plans of recording and playing live.
Enter the quintessential Rock’n’Roll drummer, Mitch Templeton. He joined in 2012, we started playing live and recorded our first EP. Following that we slowly began making more live appearances and working on new material.
By the time ‘Farewell to the Sun’ was nearing completion our time with Flower had run out and we could no longer continue with him in the band. We were fortunate enough to have the immensely talented Jesse Burdan of Wounds join us on bass for the shows we had planned and he has stayed with us a permanent member.
Now with the release of ‘Farewell to the Sun’ on the horizon, the four of us are working on future releases and looking forward to what lays ahead.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Our music is primarily a blend of black metal and doom, but there are influences from all over. Each of us add our own flavour to the mix. Our biggest collective influences would be bands like Agalloch, Drudkh, Krallice, and Woods of Ypres.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
If you like what we’re doing and want to hear more, buying the merch and coming out to shows really helps us out. Everything goes right back into the band.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We have only put out the ‘Forest Dweller’ Ep (2013) so far, with ‘Farewell to the Sun’ set for release July 15th. I think the EP was received pretty well all things considered. We just recorded it ourselves, put it out and let it spread via word of mouth and playing a few shows. We have put a lot more time and effort into the new album and enlisted the help of Michael ‘Musashi’ Marucci (co-producer and engineer) and Jason W. Walton (mixing and mastering) to get the sound we were looking for.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Not a whole lot as of late, but we do. We have a few dates coming up this July and are looking to add some more throughout the year.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
We’re going to be around for a long time. We’re driven to create; there is an innate cathartic quality to it and we simply cannot just stop. We’re really only just beginning to learn our craft and discover our sound. As we continue to develop you’ll be hearing and seeing more of us.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
We’re going to keep working on new material. We could even be back in the studio as early as this fall. We’re looking to get playing in some new cities and keep expanding.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
All releases and merchandise are available on bandcamp as well as on our own site vowofthorns.com. All the songs will also be available through itunes, spotify, and amazon.