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Tharaphita: Ulestous

If you haven’t been paying attention, I recently reviewed the brand new Tharaphita album, Ulestous. Of course, after raving about how glorious it is, I couldn’t help but shoot some interview questions over to the group. And lo, it was guitarist and lead vocalist Ank that answered the call! Check out what he had to say about the album, potential of a music video, and more!

How are you today? Everything well for you and the others in the group?

Ank:
Everything is just fine. We are already working on the new material.

I know you guys just had a show on the 24th of this month, so I thank you for taking the time to answer some questions. I’ll start easy. How did the show go, and had you performed with any of the bands on that tab before?

Ank:
The show was really good. I know those bands for a long time but we had only performed with Tapper before. It was the first time to have a gig with Tankist and Brainless People.

Was that your only show recently, or do you have any other live performances planned other tyhan your show with Skyforger the 5th of May?

Ank:
No plans at the moment. I´m concentrating on my own business (buckthorns, strawberries, etc) but also working on the new material of Tharaphita.

It was stated in a recent interview that the reason for the gap of studio silence between 2008’s ‘Iidsetel sünkjatel radadel’, and 2014’s ‘Ülestõus’ was due to important changes in your lives and that it gave the band some new inspirations. Mind if I inquire what inspirations those changes sparked?

Ank:
I now run my own business and I am fully free to take the guitar and create a song whenever I want to. Also, the drummer and the second guitarrist had children in their families.

Do you feel these inspirations helped Theraphita grow or mature as a group, or do you think it may have helped in reaching back to the band’s roots?

Ank:
We are friends but not depending on each other. I do not plan to change any members of this band as it is a friendship that has lasted for a long time. Everyone have their own jobs and living.

Was there any sort of departure in the band’s lyrics or themes this time around because of those changes, or do you feel that ‘Ülestõus’ still embodies the Pagan ideals previous albums presented listeners?

Ank:
I can´t see any departure there. ´Ülestõus´ is even more pagan than the previous albums and it is really the message I want to share.

So, how long did it take the band to compose ‘Ülestõus’, and what was the writing process like for it?

Ank:
I am the author of all songs. It was not an aim to spend all time for the band. I wanted to create an album, which really satisfies me. There was never an obligation to forge us to make an album as soon as possible. When a new idea comes, I play it on my guitar. Then we rehearse with the drummer Melu and complete the song. Sometimes lyrics come before the riffs, sometimes later.

I’ve also read that Tharaphita is more of a hobby for the members involved. Do you feel that working on the band AS a hobby works out best, or, if you could, would you rather handle Tharaphita as a full-time serious project instead?

Ank:
I think that it should stay as a hobby. Touring all the time and hoping to become famous is not the target of life. All men should leave their jobs then. It is just a risk I do not want to take.

For ‘Ülestõus’, Tharaphita worked with Vaarang Records instead of Nailboard Records, your previous label home. How did you guys wind up working with Vaarang?

Ank:
Vaarang is my own label. I made it, because I want to have control over my creation. I am really satisfied with this choice.

Has there been any talk about possibly recording a music video or something along those lines to further push the release of ‘Ülestõus’, or is that something neither you or the label can afford, or just haven’t considered?

Ank:
I have just not completely planned this yet. Of course, we will make a music video.

All members of Tharaphita are working, or have worked, in other bands. I’ve heard the Estonian Metal community is fairly small. Do you feel that having that sort of limitation allows everyone to freely explore or express themselves without really having to be committed to one specific band or style?

Ank:
The Estonian metal community is small. Playing in a band is just a hobby. I don´t think that it is a limitation. Inspiration comes when it is supposed to come and I can play guitar then.

How about the next album? Has Tharaphita started writing new material at this point, or, basing this on the way life is right now for everyone involved, will there be another long wait?

Ank:
We have started with the new material. I hope it will be finished next year.

Is there anything else you want to mention before I let you go?

Ank:
Keep watching our Facebook.

Thank you for your time, and I wish you all the best with the new album and everything else going on in your lives. Take care!

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Interview conducted thanks to Metalmessage PR.