Svartsot Posts New Album Track-By-Track Break Down
Danish folk metallers Svartsot are set to release their new album "Mulmets Viser" via Napalm Records on March 26th, 2010. The new song "Aethelred" off the upcoming album can currently be heard through the band's MySpace page. Svartsot has also issued the following track-by-track break down of the album:
"Mulmets Viser - Songs of the Darkness: Darkness falls and another day’s toil has come to an end. Tables of food are borne out from the feasting hall and horns filled with golden ale handed round. Then begins the telling of legends and singing of verse; tales of noble heroes and mighty kings, great feats and hard-fought battles, songs of life and death, of drinking and feasting, ballads of buxom wenches and wanton maids and myths of mystical beings who work their evil enchantment upon the lives of men. The skalds tales continue until all have drunk more than their fill...
"Æthelred: The album’s first track is about the English king Æthelred II (the Unready or Ill-advised) and his ascension to the throne. In the 10th Century his kingdom was constantly raided and harassed by the Vikings and after losing a number of conflicts he resorted to paying the Danegeld: offering the Danes 10,000 pounds of silver to go away. This merely encouraged them to return on more and more occasions to collect greater and greater sums.
"Lokkevisen: ‘The Ballad of Enticement’ is based on folk stories about mortal men being lured into the forest by groups of dancing elf-women. The man who follows them never quite manages to leave them again, and is under their enchantment for the rest of his life.
"Havfruens Kvad: The title translates to ‘Lay of the Mermaid’ and the track is about the ancient and baleful version of the mythological being. The beautiful, siren-esque mermaid lures a boatful of spellbound sailors out into dangerous waters. Here the boat is smashed to splinters by the waves, and the drowned men are taken to her dwelling below.
"Højen på glødende Pæle: Danish tradition has it that burial mounds are the dwellings of a subterranean people called Bjergfolket. Every now and again they hold banquets with much merriment and dancing, and on these occasions the mounds raise up on glowing pillars – hence the title, meaning ‘The Mound on Glowing Pillars’. Any human who joins them by accepting a drink from their golden goblet ends up staying for a lot longer than they had counted on.
"På Odden af hans hedenske Sværd: Yet another track with a historical lyric, this time about a tempestuous monk called Thangbrand who was sent by the king of Norway (tired of his presence at court) to convert Iceland to the faith of the White Christ. Like many other missionaries of his day, he wasn’t exactly Christian in the modern sense, and resorted often to unorthodox manners of persuasion, killing a number of men in the process. The title means ‘At the Point of his Pagan Sword’.
"Laster og Tarv: The title of this one – ‘Vices and Needs’ – kind of says it all! It’s about a man who just can’t be tethered by his wife!
"Den svarte Sot: This track is about the ailment the band took its name from – ‘The Black Sickness’. Now we know that it is a strain of liver failure related to jaundice. Back then all anyone knew was that your skin turned black before you died.
"Kromandens Datter: ‘The Landlord’s Daughter’ is the prettiest and most skilful of the wenches at the sordid little inn by the town’s bulwark. Enough said!
"Grendel: ‘Grendel’ was the name of the creature in the myth of Beowulf who was lured to the feasting hall of one of the legendary kings of Denmark in search of human flesh. The tale in this track is set before the hero Beowulf arrives to free the Danes of their plight.
"Jagten: Yet another folkloric based track, ‘The Hunt’ tells the tale of the legendary Wild Hunt. On dark winter’s nights, the shades of the dead could sometimes be heard racing through the skies upon black steeds and accompanied by fearsome hounds. Their prey was the souls of the unfortunate individuals who could not make to shelter behind closed doors in time. This is the tale depicted in the flames on the album’s cover.
"Lindisfarne: ‘Lindisfarne’ takes its name from an island off the north east coast of England, where one of the most holy monasteries of the British Isles was located. It was here that the first recorded Viking raid took place in the year 793, and this track is about that very same episode.
"I Salens varme Glød: ‘In the Hall’s Warm Glow’ is the final track on the regular version of the album, and bonds the notion between the tracks on the album together. It’s about drinking and recounting legends, singing the old ballads, telling tall stories and making much merriment during a long, cold winters evening.
"Visen om Tærskeren: ‘The Ballad of the Thresher’ is the first of the two bonus tracks on the digipack edition. It is based on the story of Thor and Loke being set to complete impossible tasks by the giant Udgaardsloke. They could not complete them, but in our version, we can! We’re not gonna say who is who, but all the members of Svartsot are cryptically mentioned in this track!
"Den døde Mand: The second and final bonus track on the digipack, ‘The Dead Man’ is a very old and relatively unknown Danish folk ballad about the pursuing of justice. A murdered man returns to seek help in charging his widow for his slaying. Not only is she involved, but also her five maids and the dead man’s swain, who has taken his place at the head of the table and now taunts his children! Kirstine, the widow, is burnt at the stake for her deeds."
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