Sovereigns is due only two years after your last album, Obsidium. How long did it take the band to write the material, and what was your writing process like for it?
The composition of â€œSovereignsâ€ was really spontaneous, kinda comparable to how we did proceed with â€œObsidiumâ€. We did not ask ourselves a lot of questions, we just gathered and things came by themselves, really naturally. When we had the complete songs and their related lyrics we started to add this and that to melt each lyric to its own musical support. Everything went very fast a bit like if some force was just telling us what to do, it was quite intense and natural.
You had some new members join the fray recently with drummer Menthor and rhythm guitarist ZarZax. How much influence did they have on the material for Sovereigns?
Both invested themselves at 200% in this album; ZarZax composed some parts, Menthor as well (he even took care of the intro of the album, using battle horns and exotic percussions etc…) this line up is definitely the most enjoyable I ever had within Enthroned by far!
I assume that Menthor has performed on stage with Enthroned at this point, but I was unaware of ZarZax bein with the group. Has he performed live with you guys yet? If so, how have the fans been reacting to the two of them? Are they being received well?
ZarZax plays with Enthroned since 2011 actually. He use to be just a live session axeman (under the moniker of Noens) but he showed so much dedication, motivation and proved to be a real brother so I just wanted to include him within the band as a permanent member, thatâ€™s why he wanted to change his name into ZarZax to mark this change. People are reacting really well with this line up in a live environment. Enthroned has never been such a one single entity on stage, everyone knows what the other is thinking and from a musicianship point of view the band has never been so tights and direct on stage.
Sovereigns is your tenth studio full-length. Do you find that Enthroned continues to grow, or is Sovereigns the pinnacle of what the band has been building towards?
Enthroned is to me an entity composed of 5 beings now… and as every living being it grows and evolves. You never stop to learn, you always grow in one way or another so yes I think Enthroned continues to grow and always will but towards what or which goal?
I donâ€™t know, eternal Ascent I would say but therefore the goal is not an objective to reach but a road to take, a path to follow, and this path is just happening with each decision made by the five bastards involved within this catalyst, entity. Sovereigns is just another chapter, another face of the prism and another character of what we experienced, live and will go through within our lives and consequently, the life of Enthroned.
Recently the song “Of Feathers and Flames” was unleashed through Youtube. Why was this song chosen, and does it reflect the rest of the material on Sovereigns, or do you guys have some surprises in store for listeners on this album?
â€œOf Feathers and Flamesâ€ is a good â€œambassadorâ€ for this album as it has some of the features you can find here and there through â€œSovereignsâ€ BUT each song is very different from each other, compare it to the characters of 8 different members of a same family, you will hear the Enthroned touch throughout all the tracks but all of them have their own feeling, rhythm and aspect. One particular song one the album to show a difference for example is â€œLamp of Invisible Lightsâ€ which is mid tempo, heavy tones and its turned literally into a conversation between Buer and Aleister Crowley.
What is the next step for Enthroned at this time?
We have some tours and festivals planned and the next plan is the release show for â€œSovereignsâ€ in Brussels on the 12th April. We gathered some bands we have respect for and wanted to share stage with on this occasion like Archgoat, Bestial Raids, Mortuary Drape, Lvcifyre and Possession.
Is there anything else you would like to mention or any comment you would like to make about the album before I let you go?
When listening to Sovereigns, lyrics are of the uttermost importance to understand the album fully.
Thank you for the time!