Today we bring you the premiere of the latest studio album from Dublin-based pagan black folk metal act, Thy Worshiper. Originating from Poland, this is the fifth studio LP from the group which is titled “Bajki o Staruchu” (which translates to “Fairytales about an old man” from Polish) and it will be made available on November 17, 2021, Via Pagan Records. Preorders for the album are available, at this link, and for English speakers, at this link.
This album is coming after six years from the band’s previous release, “Klechdy,” and is a concept record with eight tracks based on fairytales held together by the title track of the album and the protagonist, ‘the old man.”
Staying true to their style, musically speaking, the new album “Bajki o Staruchu” is a continuation of the path the band shaped on releases such as “Czarna dzika czerwień” and “Klechdy”, which is a hybrid of non-obvious ethno-folk and pagan black metal, with a hefty dose of individuality.
This record also Sees the debut of two new musicians in the band, Jarun’s Marcin Pazera on drums and Monika Lubas on vocals.
1. Straszno tu
2. Aniołkowi nie wierz
5. Gra w kości
6. O kwiatku na grobie
7. Baba Jaga
All music & lyrics – Thy Worshiper
Mixing & Mastering – Michał Grabowski
Guitar & Vocals Recording – Michał Stopa
Cover art & Design – Laelia Milleri
Cover Actress – Żaneta Kujawska-Kubala, Zofia Kubala
Baba Jaga Video Clip – “Bajbus”, “Ochyda”
Editing – Ryszard Spurek
Band Logo Design – Marcin Pągowski
More From Thy Worshiper
The band was formed in 1993 in Wroclaw, Poland by Marcin Gasiorowski.
In 1996 they were signed by a Polish label Morbid Noizz and released their first and most acclaimed album ‘Popiol [Dust] (Introibo ad Altare Dei)’. The music was an innovative mix of black metal and eastern European folk/traditional melodies served with a nostalgic twist. The album has won critical acclaim (the band named The Most Promising New Band by Polish edition of Metal Hammer and Thrash’em All) and achieved a cult status among the Polish underground metal scene.
Unfortunately, after some touring the band went into hiatus and eventually disbanded. Gasiorowski, however, kept creating new music in the Thy Worshiper style defined by ‘Popiol’ using any means available to him, sometimes even translating his ideas into electronics on a home computer. In the meantime he also contributed to various pagan metal and alternative projects.
In 2005 Thy Worshiper returned with a demo and a year later released a new album called ‘Signum’. The new album kept Thy Worshiper’s spirit but frequent use of blast beats, double kicks and high tempos made it much heavier than its predecessor. Shortly after Gasiorowski left Poland and settled in Dublin, Ireland.
In 2009 he met Dariusz Kubala, an old Thy Worshiper fan, and together they decided to recreate Thy Worshiper once again. The band was completed among the circle of their musician friends. They began rehearsing in summer 2009 and recorded a demo ‘Opowieść Jednej Nocy’ [A Tale of One Such Night] in 2010. The new material follows Thy Worshiper’s signature concept of mixing metal with folk/traditional melodies and interweaving heavy parts with slower acoustic moments, this time moving closer than ever to their folk inspirations. Since their first album Thy Worshiper has been using Polish as it is the language most suited to the pagan sounds of Central and Eastern Europe.
Thy Worshiper to:
Monika Lubas – vocals
Marcin Gąsiorowski – vocals, guitar
Dariusz Kubala – vocals, guitar
Krystian Mazur – bas
Marcin Pazera – drums
Tomasz Grzesik – vocals, percussion