|Who pretends to be into underground Black Metal and doesn't know SVARSTYN ? I don't think this band needs a long introduction as they've been part of the scene since age and have recorded some masterpieces so far. Their last release "Timeless Reign" let me breathless, this is probably one of their best release so far. Even though the answers are not as long as what I excepted, the band needs more support. Welcome in the universe of SVARTSYN. Answers by Ornias (bass, guitars and vocals) in December 2007.|
to Thy, how is the day today ?
It's raining like hell at the moment.
Excepted from your new album what is the news from SVARTSYN's camp ?
At the moment there is nothing going on. Try to make new material.
SVARTSYN started with a first rehearsal tape that contained 4 tracks which latter featured on the early official demo "A Night Created By the Shadows". Yet, your style was a crushing Black Metal a bit aside from the conventional materials and was brilliant through strong guitar lines. How do you see your debut and how were recorded these two materials ?
We recorded 9 songs for the demo on a home studio. Only 5 were released as the demo. The debut album wasn't so good because of the lack of studio experience but the material is good.
Could we consider the very beginning
of SVARSTYN as Chalice ? I've never heard any songs from Chalice but how
did it sound back in 1993 ?
The first full length came through
Folter Records and offered once again 8 blackened tracks with a fucking
gloomy touch. How did you get in touch with Folter records and do you
think the label did his work through promotion and gig ?
Majesty" was later re-released an a double vinyl album including "Bloodline".
"Bloodline" had never been printed before and contained songs
from 1997/1998 is that right ? According to me EAL did an excellent job
here both through the lay out but also printing for the first time SVARSTYN's
album…How did you get in contact with EAL and are you satisfied with
their job ?
"Bloodline" was recorded in 97-98 and was unreleased. We played at the Under The Black Sun festival in Germany and a guy from EAL saw us there and he contacted us to ask what was up with the band and what the long silence from the band depended on. We agreed to release a DLP as we just recording our "His Majesty" album.
How does it come you didn't record
your new release with EAL records ? Was it only a deal to reprint "Bloodline"
and "His Majesty" ?
you decided to ally your forces with Arckanum for a diabolic split through
Carnal Records, who got the idea of this split ? I guess that Arcknum
are long time friends ? On this split you re-recorded an old song "A
Night Created By The Shadows" than featured in your early discography,
why did you give a second life to this tune ?
let's speak a bit about the new release, congratulation for this "Timeless
Reign". It's one of the best material from SVARTSYN for sure both from
the strength of songs than production wise. What is your feeling on this
opus ? Do you think that you success in recording a timeless album ?
We are very satisfied with the album and we chose a real studio for this album. We felt we wanted to work in a real studio this time. The material have been written during a period of 4 years. People will notice us more with this album.
How was difficult to create new songs for "Timeless Reign" ? Where did you find inspiration for this opus ?
The songs have more depths and atmosphere. The inspiration is of course the forbidden knowledge, black magic.
you explain the title album ? Do you refer to Satan as a timeless reign
or do you refer to yourself as immortal ?
|According to me
SVARTSYN is real one of the few bands from Sweden that never received the
support you deserved. I mean you should be much more famous right now; how
do you explain this fact ? Perhaps you also prefer to avoid being on the
front line of Black Metal "stars"…
SVARTSYN was never meant to be mainstream. Our music is eternal and only works for evil. SVARTSYN will always remain in the shadow of the scene.
As you were involved since the early days of Swedish Black Metal, how was the rising of this music for you ? What were your feeling back then and who were the most influential people in this scene ? And how did you discover Black
I discovered Black Metal in 1991 or earlier, the music was so much more atmospheric and reeked of isolation and very destructive. Bands like Mayhem, Burzum, Immortal, Dark Throne inspired me a lot. Churches were burning and the times were great. Our music grow from that.
do you think the actual Black Metal scene and what are the main differences
between 1990 and now ? What are your 10 timeless Black Metal releases
and your 5 jewel albums all Metal style included ?
feel close to the Orthodox Black Metal scene ? Do you think that Satanism
could be approach as a very dark religious life as monks in coven do ? I
mean do you believe that this music would push you to be retired from common
people and from the everyday "classic" life ?
Our music must inspire into destructive thinking and action and perhaps lights up the way. SVARTSYN have always uphold the apocalypse and the destruction of man. Satanism should be approach with same devotion as monk.
I read in an interview that you admire Blackie Lawless as he was a great source of inspiration. I've to admit it's pretty original from Black Metal combo as everyone is stating Cronos, Dead, Tom G Warrior or Eurnomous. Than, how was/is Heavy Metal music important in your life ? What were your favourite combos from the 80's ? As WASP is more or less considered as a Glam band, are you fan of other Glam combos ?
Blackie is a great musician. I think his passion and his ideas for his music that make him a great musician. And in my early age I listen a lot to Wasp, Motley Crue, Kiss which I grew up with. Music in general are not important in my life since there are very few bands arround that are good.
Is there one
or more books that changed your way of thinking about life and existence,
if so which ones ? Have you ever wondered why you were born and if there's
any goal in your existence ? Do you feel like living all your life til
you're eighty ?