The Dawnless Twilight of Sinira
The Dawnless Twilight of Sinira
In the grand tradition of legendary collectives such as Dissection and Vinterland arrives Sinira, a US-based entity whose intensive reveries will inspire black metal fanatics all over the world. Mastermind Knell of Sinira has just unveiled The Everlorn, his debut full length manifesto of sonic artistry via Northern Silence Productions and it’s an explosive exhibition of sonic mayhem well worth seeking out. Highwire Daze recently interviewed Knell to find out a bit more about the almighty Sinira and their dark compositions of intrigue. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Sinira, and how long the band has been together.
I go by Knell. I’m the one and only member of Sinira and the band has been around since 2016.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music/metal scene like there?
The band is based in Nacogdoches, TX. And to be honest, there really isn’t a metal scene out here.
How did you wind up on Northern Silence Productions?
After posting the album on YT, they send me an email. Sorry it’s not more exciting.
Is there any overall story or concept behind The Everlorn album title?
There’s not just one concept but the overall theme is becoming a better version of yourself.
Select two songs from The Everlorn and what inspired the lyrics.
Gardens of Pestilence and Where Starlight Does Not Shine. At the time, I wasn’t in the best headspace so a lot of that is reflected in the album.
Who did the cover art for The Everlorn and how much input did you have on it?
Katrina Naron. I told her the image I had in my head of what I wanted it to look like and she did a great job of making it come to life.
What was it like to write and record new music in the middle of a pandemic and so much social unrest in the world?
I recorded the music in my house alone. Like I said, Sinira is a one man band so even though it takes a while to create an album, I can work at my own speed and at times it can be therapeutic.
Has Sinira ever played live or would like to in the future? If so, what could one expect from a live Sinira show?
No, I’ve never played live. I was scheduled for a show right before Covid hit but we know how that went. And if I ever did play live, it would be an interesting experience to give the audience the show they deserve.
If Sinira could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I think the answer is obvious. But just to clarify I would like to have opened for Dissection. If I had to pick an existing band it would be Wutain. I feel like they put on amazing live shows.
What did you think of the final Dissection album Reinkaos and how has the band and Jon Nödtveidt influenced you as an artist?
I loved the final album. Dissection is a unique band and Jon was a very gifted man and was able to harness his emotions into musical form.
Are you involved with any bands outside of Sinira?
What do you hope the rest of 2021 brings for Sinira?
More album ideas and a clear headspace.
Any final words of wisdom?
Thanks to everyone for the support. I couldn’t have made it this far without you.
(Interview by Ken Morton)