Blackbound

by Second To Sun

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PLEASE NOTE

The album includes artwork and story lines for each individual track, which should not be ignored if a person is to truly understand the songs.

These are seven compositions about entities that are of the darkness. Some of them even might surpass the most terrifying monstrosities from horror films and thrillers. The only difference is - these are real. And reality is best accepted, just like destiny. Otherwise you might start writing similar compositions, just like we do.

Just music for music.

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released November 16, 2016

Second To Sun is conducted by Vladimir Lehtinen and Theodor Borovski

Recorded live at Blastbear Sound studio in 2016

Produced and recorded by Vladimir Lehtinen at Blastbear Sound studio

Artworks by Aleh Zelenkevich

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Track Name: Vasilisa
Vasilisa the Beautiful - the character of Russian fairy tales, and also eponymous drawing of an outstanding artist of the Russian Empire Ivan Bilibin. He was born in the Finnish village Seppälänkylä (smithy village), not far from St. Petersburg. There is a legend that Ivan has Finnish or Karelian origin: indirect confirmation of that is that the picture "Vasilisa the Beautiful" was painted in many places of the different regions populated by northern Finno-Ugric peoples in that time, and the prototype for the picture was created in Vesiegonsk county of the Tver province: the woman in the foreground was a native Karelian from Yogna village.

Ivan Bilibin's picture formed the basis for the art for the track, and the plot from the fairy tale with Baba Yaga partly became the basis for the musical part of the song.
Track Name: Chokk Kapper
Chokk Kapper is rather an ambivalent character in the mythology of Sami people from Far North. On the one hand, it is a figurative name of devil, and on the other - a very peculiar version of a superhero: at daytime he's a good and kind man, and at night he turns into a powerful monster and kills those who have done anything bad to him at the day. "Chokk Kapper" literally translates as a "sharp cap" - according to the belief, that is what our hero wears.

"About fifty meters before reaching the island on the frozen lake, I saw peculiar tracks of some large animal. Its trail left the island and about fifteen meters further took a detour. I started walking parallel to the trail a couple of meters away from it in order to avoid treading it down. The tracks looked human, as if left by naked feet, about 25-30 centimetres deep. The footprints were narrow, but long. My foot is EU size 46, but these tracks looked size 49-50. Step length was about 40-50 centimetres. The weirdest thing, though, was that these prints didn’t have the typical dragging motion you usually see with animal paw prints on the snow. The looked perfectly imprinted. I haven’t thought about those tracks for a few years, but in 2012 I was in a local hospital for my physical, and the ward next to mine was occupied by an ex-special ops guy – about 2 meters tall, 150 kg, dead-lifter, seen some real fights. Basically, “no bullshit” kind of guy. I told him about the weird tracks on the “Domashneye” lake, to which he replied that he’d seen the thing that left those tracks near the hut in the woods. It was night time; he heard some noise outside, got up, looked out of the window and was greeted by terrifying red eyes. He jumped away from the window and left the door locked. By first light the thing was gone and the guy returned home safe…"
Track Name: Region 13
Rebellion in Teryushevsk region took place in 1743-1745 in Nizhny Novgorod Governorate. This is one of the most gloomy, cruel and harsh pages in the history of Volga region.

The beginning was the opposition of the population against the forced baptism (better known as the Christianization Mordovians), conducted by the Bishop of Nizhny Novgorod and Alatyr Dmitry. May 18, 1743 he arrived in the village of Sarley. Seeing near the church erzyan cemetery with gravestones framed in wood, he ordered to burn it. Spontaneously gathered peasants attacked the missionaries. Bishop managed to hide in the root cellar of the local priest. In a letter to the provincial office, he demanded to send a military detachment to arrest and prosecute the instigators, destroy the cemeteries near the church and villages and to prohibit sacrifices. After the departure of Bishop, the excesses of local officials, punitive teams and missionary groups have increased. Managing fiefdom arrested near 20 Erzyas and sent them as rebels to the Nizhny Novgorod provincial office. Bishop held them under a strong guard in chains and blocks, tortured them; many of them were tied up and dipped into baptistery and then the crosses were put on. The tsarist government, rather than to stop the violence, issued a decree that was to be carried out a new conscription of Erzyas. Fleeing from the chasteners, peasants fled into the woods and organized rebel groups under the lead of the Nesmeyan Vasilev (nicknamed Krivoij) from the village of Big Seskino.

In the sacred grove near the village he announced population of his county free from obligations to landlords and authorities. Under his leadership, the rebels defeated the tzar's forces near the village of Romanikha and Bortsovo. Grenadier and dragoon units were sent into the country under the command of Major-General Streshnev and Prime Major Junger. Junger's squad entered the Lapshiha village.
The battle began on November 26, 1743, which resulted in defeat of the poorly armed rebels: among Erzyas 74 people were killed, 30 were wounded, and 130 were captured. Nesmeyan Vasiliev was sentenced to burning, his associate, steward of Kleiha village Pumras Semenov - to death. Empress Elizaveta Petrovna by decree of 15 July 1744 replaced the death penalty with eternal hard labor in Siberia. The other leaders of the rebels (282 people) were subjected to severe punishment. By mid-1745 last outbreaks of Teryushevskogo uprising were suppressed.

In spite of the Christianization, Erzyan preserved their traditions to the present day and have a state formation as a part of Russia - the 13th region, Mordovia.
Track Name: The Yoke
When masons started building the Kremlin in Nizhny Novgorod, they had achieved reasonable progress on the very first day, but after going home for the night and returning on the morrow, they saw that everything they had done the day before had crumbled. They began anew, but by next morning everything had collapsed again. Masons decided to ask old men for advice - what should they do, how could they make Kremlin strong and durable? To this, old men replied that Kremlin must be built on the blood of the first living being to approach the construction site. Early next morning the masons and nobles came to the construction site and waited. Not far from that place lived a pasad man with his young and beautiful wife Alyona. That same morning, carrying two buckets and a yoke, Alyona went to the nearby river Pochaina for some water. After having filled the buckets, she started walking back towards the house, but noticed people standing near the construction place waiting for something. As soon as Alyona approached the builders, she was caught and together with both buckets and the yoke immured into the foundation of the tower. Since then the tower bears the name Yoke Tower. After finding out about the horrible death of his wife, Alyona’s husband drowned himself in the river Volga. Immurement rite was widespread among Mordvins (Ersya) in those times. There are rumours it still is.

However, from the point of view of historians and experts, this fairy tale is not realistic. It is far more likely that the girl’s disappearance was blamed on the foreigners (in Russia during those times anyone who didn’t follow the teachings of Easter Orthodox Christianity was considered foreign). It is possible that described here actually depicts the Blood Libel.
Track Name: Ladoga Master
In its recent report Karelian newsportal has stated that:

”Ladoga master” shoots the tourists at Karelian lake.

"The incident took place on Saturday 15, 2015. At approximately 8:00 PM a man in the boat started shooting at people on the beach while also cursing in foul language and shouting “Ladoga is mine!”

At that time there were many women and kids on the beach whom the man scared to death. Tourists from St. Petersburg managed to get close to the armed man who reacted by pressing the armed gun against the stomach of one of the tourists.

Fortunately no one was hurt and the tragedy was avoided, as was stated in social media public page “Lahdenpohja navsegda” (Lahdenpohja forever). The man was disarmed of his rifle; he himself was securely tied and delivered to the recreation facility from where the police was called. The arrested “rifleman” appeared to be a citizen of Sortavala, born in 1954 and completely drunk."
Track Name: The Fool
“Fool” is a 2014 Russian socio-political film directed by Yuri Bikov. A lot of critics in Russia labelled it a horror movie, however the sad truth is that it’s almost a documentary about our country. The film depicts the struggle of a regular working man who, being the honest person that he is, struggles against a whole army of corrupt politicians in an attempt to save the lives of 800 people obliviously dwelling in a decrepit building that is likely to collapse by the end of the night.

This song is the continuation of the story depicted in the film.
Track Name: Mrakobesie
I

- Ну вот так всё у нас примерно... Дочка уехала с мужем своим, в Москве она теперь, чего, взрослая, ей уже семнадцать годков-то. Вась, а ты чего? КАМАЗ свой продал, нет? Я от дальнобоя всё, вот он мне где. Сделал себе бумажку, поеду в Москву, охранять буду.
- Кого охранять будешь?
- Да кого дадут, тех и буду
- А, дело нужное. КАМАЗ продавать не стану, так хоть от дуры этой вон, отдых есть.
- Ох, сын в армию идёт. Ну хоть мир увидит, не то, что мы тут...
- Молитву надо бы, да как у нас всегда заведено было да к Керемету...
- Брось ты эту хренатень, бабка, одна ты её помнишь. Кому эта дребедень сдалась? Вся семья собралась в кои-то веки, а ты тут древности какие-то чешешь. Что стоишь, мать, как берёза одинокая? Керемет... ну ты бабка дала... Где водка?
- Правильно Василий говорит! Выпить - дело нужное.
- Ох, вот пойдет наш Колька в армию, мужиком станет!
- Пап, я пойду лучше. Погуляю с пацанами.
- Да тебе-то хватит языком мацать, что ты как не мужик, Колька, доставай ты уже свой какардеон или как там его!
- Ды я играть не умею на нем нифига.
- Играй что умеешь, чему в музыкальной школе учили, а то по башке дам!

(из этнографических записей сёл Чувашии, 2016 год)

II

"Ей (России) нужны не проповеди (довольно она слышала их!), не молитвы (довольно она твердила их!), а пробуждение в народе чувства человеческого достоинства, столько веков потерянного в грязи и навозе, права и законы, сообразные не с учением церкви, а с здравым смыслом и справедливостью, и строгое, по возможности, их выполнение. А вместо этого она представляет собою ужасное зрелище… страны, где нет не только никаких гарантий для личности, чести и собственности, но нет даже и полицейского порядка, а есть только огромные корпорации разных служебных воров и грабителей."

(письмо Белинского к Гоголю, 1847 год)

III

Кинуло листком, зацепило веткой...
И сказало дерево: "Постой, я угощу тебя грушей!"
"Нет, спасибо, я не голодный"
"Нет, спасибо, я не голодный"
"Нет, спасибо, я не голодный"
"Нет, спасибо, я не голодный"

IIII

??? Лишь-Молчание-Было-Ответом-Мне ???