Profile: Joel Violette of Thrawsunblat

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Upon each new release from Canada’s Thrawsunblat, the band are no strangers to multiple coverage opportunities and for good reason; their output is always top-notch. For their latest, IV: Great Brunswick Forest, we recently featured an interview of the band (spoiler: the answers were as wildly entertaining as the surprising acoustic direction of said album) and are still spinning IV regularly around these halls. Joel Violette was kind enough to return once more to answer our set of Profile questions in which we dive into beginnings, Bandcamp, positivity, new material and so much more. If you haven’t heard the album yet, hit the embedded stream and by all means click the links below to get a copy of this album in your hands. Without further delay, head inside to see what Joel had to say. Continue reading

Interview: Joel Violette of Thrawsunblat on “Great Brunswick Forest,” Musical Reinterpretation, and How to Spot a Moose in the Wild

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Over the course of three albums and a handful of EPs, Thrawsunblat have carved a space for themselves in the genre of black metal by integrating the Maritime folk of their home province of New Brunswick, Canada. With their newest album Great Brunswick Forest, which is out October 19, the trio of Joel Violette, Rae Amitay and Keegan MC immerse themselves and their listeners wholeheartedly into that Maritime folk. Careful listeners of the band’s discography should recognize the familiar elements that make Thrawsunblat what it is, and yet this does feel like a big step forward. We reached out to Joel to talk about the creative process for the new album, his fascination with re-interpreting songs and also a bit of Maritime tourism. Continue reading