Danish folk metal band SVARTSOT has entered the LSD Studio in Lübeck, Germany to begin recording its sophomore album with producer Lasse Lammert (ALESTORM, INCUBATOR, HALCYON WAY, LUCY'S DOLL). The CD will be released in the spring via Napalm Records.
Check out the band's studio diary on the SVARTSOT MySpace page.
On December 17, 2008, Michael Lundquist Andersen (guitar), Niels Thøgersen (drums), Claus B. Gnudtzmann (vocals) and Martin Kielland-Brandt (bass) 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."
SVARTSOT's current lineup:
Thor Bager - Vocals
Hans-Jørgen Martinus Hansen - Whistles, Mandolin, Accordion, Other Instruments
Cliff Nemanim - Rhythm Guitar
James Atkin - Bass
Cris J. S. Frederiksen - Lead Guitar
Danni Lyse Jelsgaard - Drums
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.