“Trepaneringsritualen, a project of Swedish artist Thomas Martin Ekelund, made its first appearance in 2008 with the cassette “Ritualer, Blot Och Botgöring” and since then it became ‘infamous’ Most of the themes explored in the project’s releases deal with religion, magick and esotericism, but make no mistake, Trepaneringsritualen has no intention of leading its audience to the light, rather the opposite – and it seems that Ekelund accomplishes this task exceptionally well.” [Our review of “The Totality Of Death”]
How would you summarize this past year on an artistic and personal level?
It’s been a hectic year to say the least; a slew of of releases and ever more live rituals. I’ve had the pleasure to meet and play along side a long list of exceptional acts such as Brighter Death Now, Deutsch Nepal, Old Man Gloom, Wolveserpent, Bölzer, Irkallian Oracle, just to name a few. And I released the first vinyl on my label, Beläten. Needless to say it’s been a good year on all fronts.
Which album have you listened to most often this year (not necessarily released in 2014)?
Discounting the Veil of Light LP I released on my Beläten, I would guess it’s probably Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music. I’ve been kind of burned out on contemporary music, lately, so looking further back into the history of music has help me cleaned my palet. But that’s not to say there hasn’t been new records I’ve enjoyed immensely, the latest offerings by Teitanblood, Bölzer, Last Dominion Lost, Black Egg, Puce Mary, Te/Dis & Brighter Death Now, to name but a few.
What was the best gig you’ve attended?
I opened for Bölzer and Irkallian Oracle at Püssy-a-go-go in Stockholm earlier this year, and they both performed astonishing sets of radiant darkness, that affected me on a very profound level. Both bands manage to combine the ferociously feral with deeply magickal qualities. The day after we all attended a Halo Manash/Arktau Eos ritual at Konspirationen and while perhaps not as ferocious, the experience was utterly sublime.
What was the best non-music related cultural experience you’ve had?
I visited the petroglyphs in Vitlycke, which was a powerful experience. It’s hard to describe the power surge you get when confronted with these beautiful, ancient sigills, carved in to the hard Bohuslän granite. Like a thousand voices echoing through the eons.
Was there an event within this past year that has significantly influenced your philosophy and outlook on life, or your perception of the world around you? For instance some specific place you visited, people you met and so on?
I haven’t had any great revelations in the year 2014 e.v. But every new face, and new place is bound to affect you in some way or other. People have entered my life that will remain there, some have exited and some of those will be missed, others will not.
What was your greatest disappointment in 2014?
With all the traveling, I’ve had very little time left over for creative endeavours, which is a great source of stress. Other than that, nothing really.
Your plans, hopes and expectations for 2015?
2015 looks to be just as busy as 2014: new T × R × P LP, as well as a few 7” releases, and a lot of live rituals (dates in Holland, Belgium, Sweden, France and the US are already confirmed). There will also be a lot exciting releases on Beläten (Distel, Æther, Lakes, and more)