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Svartsot returns to the studio

After spending the past year or so on writing new tracks, we will be heading back into the studio from the second week of March to record our third album. The recording will once again take place at Lasse Lammert’s LSD Tonstudio in Lübeck, Germany, and will include around 10 tracks of the strongest material we’ve written so far. The theme of the album is based on the plague epidemic that swept through Europe during the middle of the 14th century, and that would later become known as the Black Death. We feel that this lyrical concept aptly fits the way the music has turned out for this album – so more medieval flavours and intricacies can be expected this time round. A July release for the album is expected, and we will post updates over the next few weeks as work on the album progresses. So stay tuned for more news.

Change of support act for the show in Herning

Unfortunately, Fairytale Abuse has had to cancel their performance at the show at Fermaten in Herning on April 8th. The reason is that one of the band members has to work that day. But we have been fortunate enough to secure the thrash band Battery from Aabenraa as worthy replacements for that show. The roster is now: Battery Forcentury Svartsot The doors will open at 21:00, and the ticket prices are 100 kr. in pre-sale and 120 kr. at the door. We’re looking forward to seeing as many as possible at our first show in Jutland since 2008!

A look back over the year 2010

The year 2010 has been an exciting year for Svartsot. Starting back in February, we could celebrate Svartsot’s fifth anniversary – something that some may have believed would never have happened following events at the end of 2008. We celebrated by playing a fifth anniversary concert at The Rock in Copenhagen. Prior to the release of Mulmets Viser in March, we were asked at short notice to make guest appearances at two Paganfest extended shows in Stuttgart (DE) and Tilburg (NL). We gladly accepted the offer, even though we had to play minus a member. Instead, we kidnapped our producer, Lasse Lammert, taught him a couple songs in the bus, and drove through the night from Lübeck to Stuttgart in a snowstorm, passing countless snow-related accidents on the way. We made it, and we played two awesome shows and met a load of new people in the process. A HUGE thanks goes out Lasse for allowing himself to be kidnapped :)! The end of March saw Mulmets Viser being unleashed on Europe and a few days later, in the beginning of April, across the Atlantic too. The album received a varied reception. Many fans have told us that the album has grown on them over time – which was pretty much our intention. Thanks to reviewers such as The Angry Metal Guy who actually took the time to try to understand the album. And the less said about those who merely copy-pasted unrelated chunks of press material the better. Following the release of Mulmets Viser, we were offered various shows. Some of the high points have been playing some dates with Negură Bunget and ending that minitour with a show at Napalm Records’ fifteenth anniversary show at Metalfest Austria; playing alongside Fejd (SE) and Valravn (DK) at WGT in Leipzig; and, of course, performing at Wacken Open Air. We would like to take the opportunity to say thanks to ALL of the bands we have played with over the past year – you have all been cool – and all of the organisers and fans for making the shows great experiences for us! Following disastrous coordination leading up to W:O:A and a general dearth of concerts at home and abroad, Svartsot decided to discontinue working with our booking agents from August onwards. For the next couple of months Svartsot took over our own booking duties, but we could announce a new booker earlier this month. So far, the new collaboration seems to be bearing fruit, with a handful of shows already announced and certainly more shows to be announced over the next few months. With the exception of a few shows, the second half of the year has generally been a “busy behind the scenes” period for Svartsot. We were visited by a film-crew from German TV back in August, who filmed footage of us for a documentary. We have been working intensively on new material – the writing process of which has been ongoing throughout most of the year. At the time of writing these words, the final touches are being laid to the last of the new tracks. We will undoubtedly post more news on studio and release plans over the next few weeks or so. It was also during the preparatory work on the new material that we were forced to make the decision to ask our rhythm guitarist since the start of 2009, Cliff Nemanim, to leave the band. Svartsot wishes Cliff the best of luck with his future projects. The band has been in contact with a few other guitarists, and we may well be making announcements about this in a couple months time or so. But we should be up to full numbers for the announced shows... Finally a matter that the majority of our Danish fans (and some of our international fans) have noticed: Hans-Jørgen’s appearance on a TV commercial in Denmark for a mobile phone provider. We’re not quite sure what we should write about this, but it should all be above board now. So all that is left to be said is a big thanks to everyone, who has helped, supported and worked with us over the past year. We hope to see you all next year. Cheers!

New booking info

From now on Henning N. will be dealing with Dk and European booking for Svartsot. He can be contacted on the following mail and number: Mail: booking@svartsot.dk Tel.: +45 20 73 00 57

Cliff Nemanim leaves Svartsot

During work on material for the planned third album, the decision was made that Cliff Nemanim should leave Svartsot’s ranks. Since joining the band in January 2009, Cliff has become a good friend and we have shared many memorable experiences with him. We wish Cliff all the best with his present and future projects. Although we cannot yet announce a replacement for Cliff, we are continuing to work on preparation of the material for recording, and do not expect any interruptions in our plans.