Premiere: Blackthorne – “Choose Your Side Of History”


Every rose has its Blackthorne.

You don’t have to have a degree in Political Science to know that our world is in a hurricane of shit right now. I mean, I do have a degree in Political Science, so it helps, but you know what I’m saying. It seems like there is a new fresh horror every day with no end in sight. The rise and now ever-present specter of Alt-Righters, xenophobes, and run-of-the-mill racists in some of the highest positions in government has forced many to stand up and say “no more.” That’s where Minnesota’s Blackthorne comes in.

The Twin Cities metallers have drawn a line in the sand and are ready to snuff out every misused tiki torch with their new song “Choose Your Side Of History.” Vocalist Travis Bos’s sharp voice cuts through Presidential double-speak, governmental gaslighting, and dogwhistles like a blade. Guitarist Steve Brooks and bassist Bob Eisenbise weave a catchy metallic blend to ward off those that wish to divide us while drummer Matt Seitzinger drives home the message that we will not go silently into the night. To paraphrase Thomas Hobbes, one of the founders of modern political thinking and author of Leviathan, this song is “nasty, brutish, and short.”

About the song, Bos explains

“It’s a song regarding the normalization of white nationalism, racism, and xenophobia in the US, especially over the last decade once we elected our first multiracial president. That seemed to have been a tipping point for those who fear, hate and/or willfully choose to remain ignorant when it comes to people of color, refugees, and immigrants. I express my disdain for their beliefs in the song lyrics and as well as those who choose to do nothing and remain silent about our matters at hand.”

The band’s self-titled album will be released on vinyl and all digital platforms on October 25th via Nefarious Industries, JEMS, 5nakefork Records, and Damien Records. Preorder here.

You can find more about Blackthorne on Bandcamp and Facebook.


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