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ALPHABET OF FEMALE VICES

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Zora Cock

We have always believed in Dutch alternative metal band BLACKBRIAR from Assen. Their music is very contemporary and sometimes even a little cocky. That last part is attributable to red haired singer Zora Cock, who always gives their songs a pithy, but enjoyable twist. On February 19th, BLACKBRIAR released the first single “The Séance” from their upcoming album “The Cause Of Shipwreck“. An album that was crowdfunded within 24 hours, by the way! We talked to Zora about this unexpected monetary success and their long-awaited debut album…


Hello Zora and welcome! For most bands, 2020 was a real disaster year with hardly any income from gigs. BLACKBRIAR, however, had an unexpectedly successful crowdfunding project to fund your debut album. How do you look back at last year?

Thank you for this interview, I really appreciate it! It has been a weird year indeed. We were supposed to go to Finland, supporting Delain, and we had to postpone our own shows as well. I decided to give all my attention to writing our first full-length album, it helped me a lot with keeping myself motivated and energetic. Luckily, we were still able to go to the studio at Sandlane Recording Facilities and work together on the songs with Joost van den Broek. When we finished with the writing process, it was time to launch the crowdfunding campaign to fund this album. Writing this album and the huge success of the campaign has absolutely made my year!

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“The Cause Of Shipwreck”

Where you thought it would take months to gather the intended € 25.000 in order to record the album and promote it, you got the money within 24 hours! What were your thoughts when you saw that on your crowdfunding page?

I remember exactly how I felt right before we were going to start this campaign. I was very nervous about the main goal we had set and I remember suggesting to lower the goal, even though I knew that it was the minimum of how much we needed to pay for this album (studio, mixing, mastering, etc.). I did not know what to expect at all and I thought we might not reach the first goal. And what happened? The goal was reached within 24 hours! It’s beyond all my wildest dreams and I am so happy and grateful for the support of our fans and that we get to release our first full-length album!

Eventually, you gained enough money to realize all other 5 stretched goals as well. When can we see some of that?

Yes, mind-blowing! Our first single “The Séance” + music video has been released on the 19th of February and the release date for our debut album has also been announced for the 23th of April this year. Unfortunately, we had to change our plans a bit regarding the live video because of the lockdown that started in December, but it’s still coming, of course. One of the other stretch goals was a Dutch version of one of the new songs. The lyrics have already been translated and adjusted to Dutch and I have recorded the first draft version! It’s going to be quite strange for me to sing in Dutch, haha! The second single is set for release very soon and there will be a lot more things coming within the next two months. I can’t wait!


I do like the idea of a concept album, but at this point it gives me too many restrictions during my writing process. I like to give in to the moments of inspiration.

– ZORA COCK –


Let’s talk about the debut album, “The Cause Of Shipwreck”. Who came up with the idea for the title? Is it a concept album?

I write all the lyrics myself and I also came up with the album title. It’s a phrase from one of the new songs and it originates from the alphabet of female vices by Antoninus of Florence in 1450, which I read in the Malleus Maleficarum. “The Cause Of Shipwreck” stands for the letter N of the alphabet: ‘Naufragii nutrix’. So no, it isn’t a concept album, the title comes from one particular song that I really love. I do like the idea of a concept album, but at this point it gives me too many restrictions during my writing process. I like to give in to the moments of inspiration. However, there are two songs that do relate to each other! We have placed them among each other on the tracklist and I am curious to see if people will notice.

BLACKBRIAR - The Séance
“The Séance”

What can we expect on “The Cause Of Shipwreck”? Songs in the style of your previous EP’s? Only new ones?

“The Cause Of Shipwreck” will have 10 brand new songs. The album will have the same BLACKBRIAR style as our previous EP’s, but we have grown so much since then. We dug deeper into our style and we have evolved a lot when it comes to songwriting. If people like our previous EP’s, they will definitely like our new album. It’s a continuation of that, but deeper and better! Once again, we have worked together with producer Joost van den Broek. We have worked with him on our previous two EP’s as well. Together with Joost, we have grown into our distinct sound a lot and our first single “The Séance” has already had such a warm welcome, I can’t wait to let everybody hear the rest of it! I am so excited!!!!

Obviously, the cover art for the debut album will be in the same style as all BLACKBRIAR’s EP’s. Who makes all these drawings?

Yes, that’s right! All of our artwork is made by Alip Hudaya. We are completely in love with his style, he’s so talented! I think it’s fantastic that all of our artwork fits together. We are currently working on something very cool together with our designer Alip, it has something to do with one of the new songs and a lot of his amazing drawings!!!

BLACKBRIAR - Zora Cock
Rose Red

Will there be any guest appearances on the album?

No, it will just be me, haha! I did write a duet, which wasn’t finished far enough to make it on this album. But I hope I will get to realize these plans when the time is ripe! 

When this whole Coronavirus situation is not over this year, how are you going to support the release of “The Cause Of Shipwreck”?

Supporting the album by touring will be very unlikely this year, but we are staying positive! We are planning shows and we are doing everything we can to ‘be ready’ when we will be able to play live again! For now we are fully committed to promote the album via other ways, for example printed media, online media and our socials.

The second edition of the “Snow White & Rose Red” single that you did with Ulli Perhonen from Snow White Blood will be gifted to all physical campaign orders! That’s a nice gesture! Will there be another duet with her sometime or you with another female singer?

The second edition is being printed as we speak! As I said, I did write a duet that wasn’t finished enough to make it on this upcoming album, but I would love to proceed with the plans of creating another duet! With “Snow White & Rose Red” I wrote the song especially for Ulli. I hadn’t even asked her yet, but I was hoping she would say yes because I couldn’t envision it without her… Luckily she did say yes! With this new duet, I don’t know yet, so it’s still a surprise for me as well, haha! Any suggestions…? (Heidi Parviainen from Dark Sarah – editor).

Anything you want to add to this interview?

Thank you for the great interview! There are lots and lots of exciting things coming this year and if you would like to know everything, see all things new before everybody else and take a look behind-the-scenes, please consider becoming my Patron on Patreon to support me and my musical journey. I hope you will all love our forthcoming album “The Cause Of Shipwreck” and I can’t wait to let you hear it!

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