Do you believe in fate?
Do you believe that thought is material and images created by the human mind can take on flesh and haunt their creators?
Recording the album with Death in its diversity as a protagonist we hardly expected that we would come to very close quarters with it and it would turn out to be not so mysterious and romantic, as many decadent authors described.
But first things first...
The album “Czornaja Panna” (“The Black Lady”) has marked the ending of the way Litvintroll ensemble passed which lasted for 3 years since the release of their debut album in long-ago 2009.This way was quiet long for a number of objective reasons. A lot of time had been wasted while we were looking for like-minded people in order to replace those who left the band for one reason or another. Someone has immediately become part of the team and still stays within its members. Somebody on his own decided to leave making us start looking for new musicians. To someone we tried to get accustomed but being not satisfied with the results we used to ask a person to leave the band.
Numerous concerts also didn't give us an opportunity to work more tightly with the new material. The geography of the concert tour was really impressive: we've managed to take part in festivals in the Baltic States, Germany, Austria, Ukraine. In Poland we've almost got registered. But this activity didn't let us focus on studio work.
Bright impressions and new blood encouraged the birth of new songs. Stylistically they turned out to be very varied and didn’t resemble what we usually mean by folk-metal. Due to the taste of the ensemble’s participants the music was noticeably influenced by doom. New topics of current interest were added to the lyrics, though they were still expressed in a form of fairy tales and folklore but songs “about trolls and wild mans” remained.
The members of Litvintroll, who entered the studio in spring 2012 in order to record the album, were different from those who went in a roundabout way around Europe in previous years. But we were alive and full of We could work determination to create the best rock’n’roll album ever in the studio all around the clock – fortunately, our fanaticism let us go through such difficulties easily and the number of gigabytes filled with source tracks was increasing at full pelt. Even before the recording there had been a question of whom we would entrust the album’s mixing and mastering because our goal was not only to compose songs but to achieve firm sounding. Many of venerable soundengineers with whom we were negotiating agreed to work with our material (they mostly have turned out to be really nice guys despite working with the top echelon of musicians). In the long run we chose Aleksey Bolotov who worked in particular with the sound of the latest Gods Tower album and running a few steps forward I can say that we didn’t miscalculate.
There are no similar to each other songs in the album “Czornaja Panna”. The record consists of 8 tracks and every song has its own story.
Da Siabra (To a Friend) – our good friend Martin, the host of the program HelloFolks at Lublin radio Centrum, once asked us to say a few words to the audience for the anniversary of his show. We couldn’t limit with stock phrases, so this song was created and written down at first in the acoustic version, and later we made its metal arrangement. The song stands out of the album’s general outline and conveys the mood with which we started working so we decided to make it the first track.
Kryzak (Piesnia Pra Trolau II) (Crusader (The Song About Trolls II)) is a sequel of the play with the similar title from our previous album. Written in the anniversary of The Battle of Grunwald the song, however, describes history of the great battle from a bit different party, rather than it is accepted.
Kamarova Smierc (The Mosquito's Death) is a folk song set on a chipper disco rhythm with a gloomy ending in Type O Negative style.
Lipka (The Linden) is one more folk song but this time a Polish one. The song - shout, the song - crying, a story about a girl who is forced to marry the unloved. In Poland where Litvintroll are the frequent guests, Lipka is known by everyone therefore the idea to play it arose long ago. The main task was to make it unbanal. I dare to hope that we’ve coped with the mission.
Karaleuskaja (A King’s Song) – from time to time it happens so that a grotesque character as if descends from the pages of a terrifying and malicious story. Look back and around, listen for it. Probably, right now you can hear his voice which is singing the praises of himself. It is interesting, what his destiny will be like in our world.
Czornaja Panna (The Black Lady)– everybody knows a sorrowful story of Barbara Radziwill. But Black Lady is not only a ghost of Niasvizh Castle. Having returned from the bottom plans of existence, she pushes the beloved in embraces of madness, dooming to death him and all his descendants. The song presented the name to the album and set its whole outline. Death which is lurking behind a lovely face of Black Lady eventually overtakes everybody.
Ad Astra – all of us aspire to stars. But what for? Someone thirsts for knowledge of unknown, someone runs away, leaving behind the burning world.
Lasun (The Wild Man) – man destroys everything around him. The earth lavishly shares its riches with him, but man always doesn’t have enough. He’s forgotten ancestors’ behests, he doesn't think about the descendants. And he won't escape the punishment. Ancient goddess Mara, who is one more hypostasis of Death, will say his name and pull a trembling heart out of the foe’s breast.
A person who took up the idea to transfer an image of Black Lady on a cover of the album was Devor who also worked over the design of our debut disk. It’s not easy to understand, whose face is looking at you from the cover – Black Lady? Mara? Death? But we precisely know whose heart it’s holding…
Some days before the completion of the album work, Mara said the name of our friend. Aleh died right on the stage. I won't write about our feelings at that moment, about what we feel now and what his family feels. I will only say that death seems to be romantic exactly until the moment when the one who was next to you for so many years, whom you considered eternal and unsinkable, your companion, dies. Sinister lyrics and that gloomy cover make absolutely other sense and call up the thoughts described in the first paragraph of this article.
Aleh Klimchanka put his whole soul into this album therefore we have no right to stop. We will keep on playing our music but every time when we go on stage our hearts will pass blow.
We dedicate this album to you, Friend.