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Formed: 2005
From: Randers, Denmark
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Svartsot News

Below is our complete Svartsot news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Svartsot Posts "Midsommer" Video

Svartsot just released an official video for the track "Midsommer" from the album "Vældet," which is available straight from the band at this location.

"Midsommer" was filmed and edited by Christian Søes on location at Jels Vikingeby, Denmark. The video is available below but seems to be restricted in certain countries. If you can't view it here, watch "Midsommer" at Vimeo.com instead.

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Svartsot Reveals New Album Details

Danish folk metallers Svartsot revealed the cover artwork today for their new effort called "Vældet," set to drop on February 20th, 2015 via Nail Records. You can listen to a track from "Vældet" titled "Kilden – I Marker og I Lunde" below. More...

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Svartsot Posts Recording Footage

Svartsot is currently in the midst of recording a new album, which will follow previous full-length "Maledictus Eris." Footage has now been uploaded of James Atkin recording bass, and the band also comments:

"Soooo, beard number four has finally arrived at the studio and we've started the bass recordings today and here's a wee clip..."

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Svartsot Posts Guitar Tracking Video

Denmark-based outfit Svartsot is currently working on a new album and follow-up to previous full-length "Maledictus Eris." The band now has a brief guitar tracking video, available below, and also comments:

"Here is a small taste of what is to come of the new album. We are still recording, but giving you a tiny taste of the awesomeness there will be."

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Svartsot Splits With Drummer

Denmark's Svartsot has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:

"After 3½ brutal years behind the drum kit in Svartsot, Danni Lyse Jelsgaard, known affectionately on these pages as Jeff, has made the decision to go on to despoil pastures new. The decision was made mutually and amicably between Svartsot and Danni following the performance at Copenhell last Thursday.

"We’ve had many memorable experiences with Danni during his time in Svartsot and wish both him and his future projects the best of luck. Danni’s last performance with Svartsot will be at the Boarstream Open Air festival in Germany on July 21st 2012.

"Svartsot is presently contacting drummers to find a stand-in for the shows in Lyngby and Herning in September, and is considering the possibilities for finding a more permanent replacement."

To hear Svartsot's music and find more info on the band, head over to Facebook.

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Bilocate To Contribute Recipe To Metal Cookbook

Hani Al-Abbadi from the Jordanian dark oriental metal act Bilocate is going to share a recipe in the upcoming book "For Those About To Cook Pure Metal" by Bruce Moore. The following press release was issued about the book:

"For Those About To Cook Pure Metal is a collection of recipes, anecdotes and pictures from metal musicians from around the world. With contributions from numerous musical genres and countries, this is truly a multi-ethnic collector’s cookbook. Readers will be presented with recipes ranging from appetizers to full course meals and desserts.

"Pure Metal is more than a cookbook: it is also a fan collectible as it includes short informative biographies, high quality pictures of the artists (mostly in a kitchen setting)), pictures of the food and, in some cases, a quote about why the recipe or food is important to the contributor. Readers and fans will gain an insider’s view into the lifestyle and habits of the artists and bands; a sort of backstage pass or behind-the-scenes look into the lives of their favorite artists far from the stage and the studio."

Read more about the book via Facebook. The following bands will be appearing in the collection: More...

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Svartsot Recruits New Guitarist

Denmark's Svartsot has issued the following announcement about recruiting guitarist Alm, who had previously been a member of the now disbanded Fairytale Abuse:

"We can also announce a new and grizzled face in the 2nd guitar slot - and he is Alm, formerly of Jydsk black metallers Fairytale Abuse.

"Obviously we take this position very seriously and so we were sure to put him through a rigorous interview process leaving nothing whatsoever to chance. 'Have you got an unfeasibly huge beard?' 'Yes.' 'Your're in!'"

Alm is taking over duties for the recently departed rhythm guitarist Uffe. For more details on Svartsot, check out the band's Facebook profile.

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Svartsot Moscow Footage Posted Online

Power of Metal has posted a video clip online of folk metal act Svartsot performing live during the band's first set of Russian shows. The video below shows Svartsot performing the song "Jotunheimsfærden" at the Octoberfest in Moscow on October 8th, 2011.

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Svartsot Announces First Russian Shows

Denmark's Svartsot has issued the following announcement about the band heading to Russia for the first time:

"We can now officially announce that Svartsot will be playing at the two Oktobierfest 2011 shows in Russia. The shows will take place at Club Arctica in Saint Petersburg on October 7th and at Moscow Concert Hall in Moscow on October 8th.

"This will be our first trip to Russia and we will be performing alongside Finnish folk metal legends Korpiklaani and the power metal band Dreamtale, also from Finland. We look forward to meeting our Russian fans in October!"

Svartsot also released the new album "Maledictus Eris" this summer. Details on the album and a teaser trailer are available here.

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Svartsot Comments On Upcoming Shows

Denmark's Svartsot has issued the following recap of live shows and announcement about more tour dates:

"The tour of Denmark started this weekend just gone, and we would now like to thank everybody. Firstly the bands: Heidra, Rarefaction and Fejd in Svendborg and Sylvatica on Bornholm. And all of those who helped us – a special thanks goes out to Per and Kamila on Bornholm for their hospitality! Finally to the fans who came to both shows.

"We can also inform fans that an extra show has been added to the list supplied earlier. The show will take place at Gyngen in Århus on Saturday October 29th, and support will be provided by Sylvatica and Fairytale Abuse.

"Last but not least, we'd like to remind all fans in the Copenhagen area that we will be playing at Studenterhuset on Saturday September 17th, and support will be provided by Sylvatica. We hope to see as many there as possible!"

Svartsot also recently released the new album "Maledictus Eris." You can find a teaser for the album here.

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Svartsot Announces New Tour Dates

Svartsot has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming tour dates in Denmark:

"We can now officially announce the tour of Denmark which starts on September 2nd and will take place on various weekends throughout the remainder of 2011. The tour has been given the name the '…Og Landet ligger så øde hen' tour (for English speakers the tour title is '…And the Country is so Desolate'), and comprises of 9 dates at the present time, although there will almost certainly be added more dates over the next few weeks."

Details are as follows:

September 2nd – Harders, Svendborg with Heidra (DK), Rarefaction (DE) and Fejd (SE)
September 3rd – Musikhuzet, Rønne with Sylvatica (DK)
September 17th – Studenterhuset, Copenhagen with Sylvatica
October 14th – Tante Olga, Randers with Heidra and Fairytale Abuse (DK)
October 28th – Paletten, Viborg with Phonomik (DK) and Heidra
November 11th – Pavillonen, Grenaa with Sylvatica and TBA
November 12th – Magasinet HM88, Nakskov with Sylvatica and TBA
November 25th – Vershuset, Næstved with Heidra and Sylvatica
November 26th – Studenterhuset, Aalborg with Heidra and Sylvatica

Svartsot also recently released the "Maledictus Eris" album. You can check out a trailer for the release by heading over to this location.

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Svartsot Streaming New Album Medley

Svartsot has presented the band's fans with an exclusive medley consisting of tracks from the upcoming album "Maledictus Eris." You can check out the medley by heading over to the Napalm Records Facebook page at this location.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Staden…
2. Gud giv det varer ved!
3. Dødedansen
4. Farsoten kom
5. Holdt ned af en Tjørn
6. Den forgængelige Tro
7. Om jeg lever kveg
8. Kunsten at dø
9. Den nidske Gud
10. Spigrene
11. …Og Landet ligger så øde hen More...

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Svartsot Posts New Album Teaser Trailer

Danish folk metal act Svartsot is gearing up to release a new album titled "Maledictus Eris," which musically describes 14th century Denmark ravished by the plague. The band has now posted a teaser trailer for the album online, which can be found in the player below. "Maledictus Eris" is set for release on July 27th in Spain, Finland, and Sweden, July 29th in Italy, August 1st in the rest of Europe, and August 9th in North America.

The track listing is as follows:

Gud giv det varer ved!
Farsoten kom
Holdt ned af en Tjørn
Den forgængelige Tro
Om jeg lever kveg
Kunsten at dø
Den nidske Gud
…Og Landet ligger så øde hen

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Svartsot Reveals "Maledictus Eris" Artwork

Svartsot has issued the following announcement about "Maledictus Eris," the band's upcoming album:

"We're proud to be able to release the cover artwork and track list for the third Svartsot album; Maledictus Eris. As previously announced, the album recounts the tale of the Black Death's incursion into Danish history from 1349 to 1350. The album begins the tale from just prior to the plague's arrival through to when the first bout relinquished its grasp, and focuses on the way the epidemic affected the population – from victim to survivor. We have taken more inspiration from medieval music than on previous albums, and the feel of the album in general has taken a darker and more emotive turn on this recording.

"We are extremely satisfied with the way this album has turned out and hope that the fans – both old and new – will take kindly to it. But at the same time, we should also make clear that this album is somewhat different to its predecessors, and not for the worse as far as we're concerned.

"We have a series of live dates in Denmark lined up for after the release, and hope to be able to add more European dates to the list soon. News on dates and leading up to the release will be posted as soon as we have it."

The track listing is as follows: More...

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Svartsot Comments On Upcoming Album

Danish metal act Svartsot has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming album:

"Prepare to experience the sound of medieval Denmark dying of the plague. The third and latest album by Svartsot tells the tale of the Black Death's arrival in 1349 and deals with the horrors, grief, anger, and sorrows of the people that it affected.

"It comprises 10 tracks of the most intricate material we've ever written and reveals a slight change in the general style of the band that this time around has found its melodic inspiration in the music of the Middle Ages. The album was recorded at Lasse Lammert's LSD Tonstudio in Lübeck, Germany, and is currently being mixed and mastered."

You can also checkout Svartsot's latest studio recording update at this location.

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Svartsot Announces New Live Guitarist

Svartsot has issued the following announcement about upcoming tour dates and recruiting a new live guitarist:

"For our Danish fans: so are we getting out of our garage and the first of our spring concerts are just around the corner! On Friday (April 8) we play at Fermaten in Herning (along with Forcentury from Copenhagen and Battery from Aabenraa) and it becomes an extra special concert for us.

"Not only is it the first time we play 'home' in Jutland since 2008, so it will also be the first time the current lineup plays in Jutland. And then we can now announce our new live guitarist! It is Uffe Dons (ex-Unbelief, ex-Modra). On Saturday (April 9) we then to Uffe's hometown, Odense, and plays at Kansas City (along with Forcentury sylvatica and from Funen). We look forward to seeing as many people as possible to both shows."

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Svartsot Comments On Support Band Change

Svartsot has checked in with the following comment about changing the support act for the band's upcoming April 29th live show:

"Forcentury will be replacing Illnath as the support act for our show at Klauzdal in Herlev (DK) on April 29th. Our decision is based purely on the fact that Illnath has already played a show at the same venue in March this year (less than one and a half months prior to our show).

"We therefore no longer feel that Illnath are a suitable support act due to the short space of time between the two shows. Any rumors that there should be any other reason behind the decision are unfounded. We apologize to any Illnath fans who had been planning to attend the show."

You can also check out Svartsot's recent studio report here or watch Illnath's music video for the song "Ravenous Crows" at this location.

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Svartsot Issues New Recording Update

Svartsot has checked in from Lasse Lammert's LSD Studios with the following recording studio update:

"Day 15: Today started off with Uffe and Cris doing some extra spoken samples before the Les Paul was re-strung for the clean parts. Uffe had to leave during the afternoon, just slightly after Hans-Jørgen arrived in town. After a late lunch break the recording of the clean guitar parts commenced. Then it was Hans-Jørgen's turn to lay some bagpipes. But unfortunately the pipes presented some technical problems which had to be relieved by buying brass tubing to extend and reinforce the mouth piece. Pipe recording should continue tomorrow.

"Day 16: The pipes are still teasing us. So we decide to record the whistles instead. Recording of the acoustic guitar has been pushed until later in the week, allowing us to concentrate on whistles and bagpipes – Hans-Jørgen has expressed a wish to get home reasonably soon. Thor arrived after recording had finished this evening – just in time to eat with us. Cris and Hans-Jørgen had cooked a huge pot of gulasch.

"Day 17: Hans-Jørgen has to spend the day practicing the pipe parts on the altered and repaired bagpipes – it's amazing how much difference the few extra centimetres of tubing makes on the air pressure needed. So work commenced on recording the 6-string western guitar parts. This took all day, but all of these parts were laid by the end of the day. There are a lot more acoustic parts on this album than on the previous Svartsot albums! After eating the remainder of the gulasch, Hans-Jørgen, Thor and Cris head off to the biker bar, finally getting home early in the morning and in varying states of not very sober. Frozen pizzas are baked and consumed before all three of us crash.

"Day 18: Hans-Jørgen has to leave later today, so work commences on the bagpipes from early on. The bagpipe parts are finished around early afternoon, and Hans-Jørgen can return home. The rest of the day is spent recording nylon and 12-string acoustic guitars. Lasse, who has been coughing for the past few days, is looking quite worn out now. Thor and Cris sit up drinking beers and watching dodgy B-movies before crashing. More...

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Svartsot Posts Studio Update

Svartsot has checked in from Lasse Lammert's LSD Studios with the following report about the band recording a new album:

"Day 7: Rhythm parts finally completed. Some guitars were also re-amped. Time to celebrate a bit before concentrating on the bass parts. Then going on with the more melodic elements of the album. A few beers were drunk to celebrate.

"Day 8: Bass recording commenced today. Looks like it's a walk in the park for James. He's playing really tight. It's just been heads down work today, apart from the huge wiener-schnitzels we had for lunch and the numerous cups of tea James claims he needed.

"Day 9: All acoustic and electric bass was completed today. James decided to make a pie in celebration. He couldn't find something big enough to make one pie in, though, so he made 2 instead. We should be starting on lead guitars tomorrow.

"Day 10: After accidentally going to town last night, and consuming an extreme amount of beer, we had a late start today. Cris decided to concentrate on three of the less complicated songs, and managed to nail them. More...

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Svartsot Checks In With Studio Update

Svartsot recently entered Lasse Lammert's LSD Studios to record an upcoming album. The band has now checked in with the following recording update, which details each day in the studio so far:

"Day 1.... The day began with the setting up of drums and a bit of a delay to go and pick up a drum skin. Drum recording began frustratingly late some time after 3. Jeff superbly nails 8 of the tracks in about 6 hours. He hails 'the best floor tom in the entire world ever' and a Lasse achieves a snare sound comparable to 'Thor's hammer striking God's balls'

"Day 2.... All drums quickly finished and work began setting up the rhythm guitars. An array of cabs laid out around Cris in the recording room results in the selection of a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier over a Bognor Cab. He shall play 'The Mistress', a 7 string tobacco sunburst Epiphone Les Paul, with a tube screamer in there somewhere. The sound achieved had such massive balls that when strumming a note one fifth of the earths surface at European longitudes experienced a partial eclipse of the sun. The nights will be a bit longer for the next few days. James arrives. Beers consumed.

"Day 3.... Jeff learns how to make the perfect cup tea. Cris gets the first songs laid down on the rhythm guitars. Day ends with a trip to the biker bar. Beers consumed. Whisky consumed. More beers consumed. Two bottles of strange blue stuff consumed. Jeff sustains minor bruising after tripping over a train track.

"Day 4.... Day starts early in the afternoon. Guitar re-strung. That's enough for today. Oooh…tea!

"Day 5.... Cris' wife and daughters contribute some atmospheric vocal parts for the recording. Guitar re-strung. Guitar recording re-commenced. Several more tracks completed. Kebabs eaten. Impromtu practice in a basement before Jeff goes home tomorrow. Jeff records a ludicrous drum solo on video.

"Day 6.... More guitar strings! Should finish the rhythm parts today. Jeff returns to Svendborg with the knowledge of an awesome job, awesomely done."

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