journey through ancient times of medieval life and legend. The
Soil Bleeds Black explore the traditions and customs of medieval
Europe with the ambition of drawing the listener into a world
of the ancient past. To listen is to immerse oneself in Middle
Age atmospheres and customs. One may visit the valor of knights
on the battefield, savor the simplicity of common peasant life,
explore the laboratory of the magician, or seek the romance of
lovers, musicians, and poets. All intriguing lifestyles are given
attention within the musical expressions of TSBB.
The Soil Bleeds
Black was conceived in the year 1992 as a project that focused
on the experimental visions of twin brothers, Mark and Michael
Riddick. Over years the concepts changed as the brothers searched
for a complete sound that could appropriately exhibit their transformative
thoughts and interests. This endeavor reached a particular climax
in the year 1994, when TSBB took on a sound of pure medieval folkloric
expression. Shortly after this realization, Mark and Mike added
Eugenia Wallace to their ranks. Eugenia's vocal contribution helped
bring to fruition the final elements that would make up the portrait
of their endeavors.
The Soil Bleeds
Black aim to convey an enchanting conglomeration of raw sound,
medieval customs, and self-expression through ancient allegory,
alchemical tract, and their entourage of medieval instruments.
To the present date, The Soil Bleeds Black have released a plethora
of materials ranging from ornately packaged CDs and vinyl to cassettes,
shirts, stickers and more. Earlier works and writings incorporated
a strong use of synthetics and simulated instrumentation whereas
more recent writings have taken the approach of utilizing traditional
instruments to create a more natural and folk-oriented sound.
The writings and artwork of TSBB remain a common blend of varied
emotional attitudes ranging from the jovial to the melancholic.
This dynamism is an attempt to portray all aspects of the human
condition as it existed during the Middle Ages.