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Throne Of Malediction Discusses Their History And Future

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After the release of their debut EP, Montana based metal act Throne of Malediction is currently hard at work on a full-length album tentatively titled "Seasons of Death." Throne of Malediction is fronted by husband and wife duo Eric and Jessica Horner, who also work on a side project together titled Irreverent Soul.

The entire band sat down with me for a video interview at a live show in Great Falls, in which the members discussed their musical influences, receiving permission from Carpathian Forest to include a cover song on their album, and their addition to an "Anti-Christmas" compilation album.

xFiruath: We’re here with Throne of Malediction. To start out why don’t you guys tell me, who are you and what do you do in the band?

Eric: I’m Eric, I go do guitar and vocals.

Jessica: Jessica, I’m the rhythm guitarist.

Tim: I’m Tim, I play the drums.

Jeff: I’m Jeff, I play bass.

xFiruath: I see we have a newcomer here on the drums. How did that happen?

Tim: I don’t even know.

Jessica: We actually had an ex-roommate who had a brother who knew you, which referred him over to the band, which was the best thing that could have ever happened to us.

xFiruath: It’s been awhile since you guys released your last EP. What’s been going on with your music since then?

Eric: Well basically after we got him, and him, our new bass player too, we scrapped all the old songs and made new ones. We’re recording a new album for next summer for a little label that is too be announced. We’re getting a new label, it saves us money.

xFiruath: You did a cover of that Carpathian Forest track and I understand they even contacted you and sanctioned it?

Eric: Yeah I talked to their manager and Vrangsinn, their bass player. He’s with Misantrof too. I e-mailed them and they said “Yeah, thanks for asking to do it.” They said we could put it on our album and that’s led to us being hooked up with Misantrof. We did that anti-Christmas song for them. That’s coming out on the 13th of this month.

xFiruath: Speaking of that anti-Christmas song, I loved that little beginning segment with the people getting trampled so thank you for that.

Eric: It’s kind of how we feel about Christmas, it’s too corporate. We like the family idea of it, but not the money part.

xFiruath: There’s a new venue that opened up in Kalispell. How have your live shows been since then?

Eric: Well we did one last week.

Jessica: We did one on the 5th and we were very surprised at the welcoming from the crowd. It really blew the doors off the place. We’ll have another show coming up New Year’s Eve.

Eric: It’s called the Dragon’s Den and it’s a tattoo shop. It’s all ages and it’s getting packed so things are livening up I guess. It’s pretty good for Montana.

Jessica: Hopefully the scene is starting to open up in Kalispell because it’s been a long time.

xFiruath: This was your first show in Great Falls. What are your impressions so far?

Eric: I don’t know, it’s a pretty good crowd. I think we scare people sometimes. That’s a good thing though. We gave them something new though I think. I think they were sitting back and listening and they enjoyed us. We enjoyed them. We’ll definitely play here again, so it’s cool.

xFiruath: You guys have said there’s not really any other band like you. Who would you say your biggest musical influences are?

Jessica: Oh there’s so many, do you want to start?

Eric: We’ve kind of said Carpathian Forest is one. Candlemass and Sepultura. I don’t know, you can name some.

Jeff: Hecate Enthroned.

Eric: Darkthrone and stuff like that. Cradle of Filth. We just don’t let them influence us too much. We just kind of throw everything out there and we sound how we sound. We didn’t know how we were going to sound when we started. We didn’t say we were going to be black metal we just play and hope for the best. Luckily we’ve got good players.

xFiruath: You guys have a couple of Cradle of Filth covers and the Carpathian Forest cover. Have you got anything else in the future for covers?

Jessica: The cover I want to do next is Satyricon’s “The Wolfpack.” That’s probably big on my list. I think that or maybe an Amon Amarth cover.

Eric: As long as we don’t have more than two covers in a show we’re fine. We mainly keep them live. We’ve got a studio version of the Cradle of Filth song but we can’t get permission.

xFiruath: If you do an Amon Amarth cover you’ve got to get an axe and a big horned helmet.

Eric: Oh yeah we’re going to get more stage stuff but we’re on a budget. Our amps are falling apart, but we’re playing so we’re doing what we can. We’re going to start getting little props and whatever we can.

xFiruath: Outside of your music what bands are you listening to these days?

Eric: I listen to a lot of black metal and a lot of the bands that are on the label we’re looking at. I listen to a lot of underground bands that people won’t even hear of, and then mainly the standards of our influences we mentioned earlier. I listen to a lot of ICP too, I’ve got an ICP tattoo. I like rap too, he likes rap. We’ve got that influence but it’s not really in our music.

Jessica: Obviously metal but other than that I listen to pretty much everything except country and rap.

xFiruath: So you too are married and you are in band together. Do you get sick of each other constantly?

Jessica: No we don’t. We actually used to work a day job together were we got more sick of each other, but this is creative stuff so we’re basically on the same page with what we want and what our goals are for the band.

Eric: We have so much in common. We can talk about music like tuning on the guitar or whatever so we just have common interests.

Jessica: we get along very well

xFiruath: The whole of Internet land is watching, so what’s the one thing you want to say to the world?

Eric: We’re ready to hopefully kick some ass and we want people to like us. We’re doing this for love. This really means a lot to us to make music. We put everything into it and we have nothing else going in our lives so please like us, I guess.

Jessica: I guess I would have to say keep the underground alive. Keep it alive and thriving and who knows? The next underground band could shoot up just like Sepultura or any other known band out there so just keep your ears open.

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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