Seven Gates of Hell with SVÄRTA

18. ledna 2016 v 19:19 | RaznAgul |  seven gates of hell interviews
The aim of the open series of the blogzine´s Seven Gates of Hell interviews is to introduce the bands and their music that struck my metalhead´s heart and soul recently. In seven questions, the gates are open for those who make their music of true metal spirit, pure dedication and of what I understand as underground approach and aesthetics.
When a gifted black metal band takes on a harsh-beaten, forthright approach and fittingly feeds into it weird, almost avantgarde, twists as well as an old-fashioned mesmerizing spirit, it stands a half way through to the attention and high acclaim of the headbanging flock. And if they do so with a bunch of very potent musical ideas ignited by a dedicated spark and overflowing energy, then the fresh affair is imminent. Such stories happen even in the deep metal underground. One of the topical tells about the Swedish band SVÄRTA and their debut album "Sepultus", the current devotion of my nightly listening sessions. It would be short-sighted to sort out the band´s music as traditional black metal. Maybe more apposite description would tell about a darkened metal racket larded with way-out aberrations from the pure blackness and alternately relieved in esoteric moods, all together causing hefty hell in the head. In short, "Sepultus" is a great recording of the very promising newcomers to the deadly wicked metal scene.

I. Music itself speaks out louder than a thousand interview words, but anyway. Even though SVÄRTA do not disclose about themselves too much, their "Sepultus" suggests, with its musical inventiveness and maturity, that the album may not be, by far, the musicians' very first full encounter with the scene and its evil metal demons. What roots and traditions of your past experience did you build the band on?
"Thank you. You are correct about that. We have played music since we were quite young and we do keep ourselves preoccupied with other projects apart from SVÄRTA. Back when you're young you grow very attached to a certain concept or idea and you stick by those musical principles until you either grow tired of it and completely stop or you proceed to try and evolve. We really only have one rule that we follow and that is to never fear to experiment musically. It's, however, quite often that you see bands that take the easy route in that they choose to "stick to their guns" because they care too much what the people in the scene think about them if they would decide to try out new things and/or how people listening to them would react if they decided to completely change their musical direction."

II. "Sepultus" does not compromise the black metal lore, however, it adds to it somewhat unexpected seasoning, be it called avantgarde feats or whatever. What is more important to SVÄRTA - sticking to the orthodoxy or sounding different?
"For us it's the most important that we play and record something that we are proud of and that we can stand behind. Obviously, this can (and will most likely) change as time passes and as we, as people, evolve/mature. As we touched upon with previously, it's yet again important to try out new things. That should be one of the main priorities of being a musician, artist, author or whatever craft it is that you practice. To "stick to the orthodoxy" is of no interest to us although we obviously enjoy some bands who have no desire to think outside of the box musically or conceptually. The Swedish black metal scene is renown for being a cesspool of inbred troglodytes who does nothing but try and please each other or "top" each other regarding who is the most "evil" person out there or who knows the most "influential people". They are unable to understand that they are nothing but empty husks whose meager attempts at trying to be more than they are become worthless as they will, like all of us, turn into food for the worms. But before that day comes, we will never limit ourselves or try to please anyone else other than ourselves."


III. The mood of "Sepultus" leans on a really great sound alchemy. How did you achieve this basement sounding, in technical terms?
"The recording is more or less a "homebrew". The equipment we used isn't exactly of high class, but we felt that it worked out quite well for what we wanted. The idea is that we will gradually evolve the production (but never become polished or anything like that) with every release in order to try and explore different soundscapes every time we write and record something new."

IV. In the same line as with your music, do you grab for something out of traditional black metal themes and cliches in your lyrics? And how much does "Sepultus" play with the serious occult?
"From the very first recording we did, we have always focused on the concept of death. This will, more than likely evolve, but the main idea will always be the same. It all depends on what you mean by the occult considering it's a rather big subject. We have our believes, our "ways", but we choose not to disclose the information concerning that since we see it as being too personal."

V. You released your debut with a quite obscure label A Sad Sadness Song. Since then, have you got some offers from maybe more notorious names to release "Sepultus" on vinyl and a tape, both the cherished formats in the metal underground nowadays?
"No, not yet at least."


VI. You changed the band's logo recently. Does it suggest some move in your musical direction for the next? If it is just a matter of taste, as for me, I really liked the previous one more.
"Yes, there will be a change as far as the musical direction goes and you can somewhat hear that on the split with Elände that was released by Darker than Black Records some time ago. The very first logo was something that we threw together rather quickly just to have a logo, but the one we have now we feel is far more fitting for what we will have in store in the future."

VII. What is your attitude to playing live shows? Do you need the feedback and energy from the pit to kick you up? And do SVÄRTA have their live session musicians?
"We will never play live nor do we really have any interest in doing so with SVÄRTA."

Thanks a lot for your answers. You have my full support!!
"Thank you and best of luck with your future endeavors."
 

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