Michael Lundquist Andersen (guitar), Niels Thøgersen (drums), Claus B. Gnudtzmann (vocals) and Martin Kielland-Brandt (bass) have announced their departure from the Danish folk/viking metal act SVARTSOT. They explained in a statement, "We are sorry to announce that because of different opinions on how to run a band and how the music should sound, we have decided to leave SVARTSOT. We will surely miss all of you people out there who have supported us at live gigs, and by listening to our songs. It has been a great adventure with you all, boys and girls, and who knows. Maybe we will see you all out there at the venues again in the future, in other bands. We will all continue playing music together outside of SVARTSOT."
Sole remaining member of SVARTSOT, lead guitarist Cris J.S. Frederiksen, will continue the band with replacement musicians. He states: "After the departure of some of the members last week, SVARTSOT is now looking for new musicians:
* Rhythm guitarist: competent guitarist, preferably baritone/7-string (standard B-tuning). Some knowledge of folk music would be an advantage.
* Bassist: competent bassist, preferably 5-string (standard B-tuning). Again some knowledge of folk music would be an advantage.
* Vocalist: versatile and competent vocalist, preferably with a range from growl to singing.
"Previous live work is a must, and studio work an advantage in all cases. We have concerts booked for the spring, ande are working on new material for the follow-up to 'Ravnenes Saga'. So please, no time-wasters.
SVARTSOT released its latest album, "Ravnenes Saga", in November 2007 via Napalm Records.
"Ravnenes Saga" means "Saga of the Ravens," suggesting Odin's two ravens, Hugin and Munin (Thought and Memory). These two ravens would fly out over the world each day to return every evening and tell what they had seen. This theme fits the collection of songs on this album, telling tales of feats of courage and battles, feasts, creatures from the murky realms of folklore and womanizing. This is a pure folk metal album with Viking spirit.
SVARTSOT made a name for itself in the underground scene with its unique brand of Nordic folk metal that combines black metal influences and lyrics inspired by Scandinavian folklore and mythology.
(Thanks: KingOvFrost / Northern Metal)