Svikt – I Elendighetens Selskap [2011]

Band: Svikt
Album: I Elendighetens Selskap
Release year: 2011
Genre: Black Metal


Svikt (Norwegian for “impairment”) are a virtually new band within the Norwegian Black Metal scene. “I Elendighetens Selskap” (Roughly translated as “Of misery company”) is their debut album.

The first track of the album is Morkne Røtter (Loosely translated as “decayed roots”). Straight away, there is a strong hint of influences from the Norwegian black metal scene of the early 90s. The guitars have a raw, unpolished sound whilst the vocals are guttural and grim. The drums aren’t particularly impressive but they do keep up with the guitar and bass easily enough. Following straight after is the more barbaric sounding “Maktesløs” (“Powerless”). There is a heavy emphasis on the use of cymbals – An odd thing to combine with the savage riffs being cruelly executed on the guitar and bass. The vocals are reminiscent of early Dimmu Borgir, Gorgoroth and Immortal. The lighter guitar section in the second half of the track comes as an unwelcome change, ruining completely the adrenaline that the track had got flowing.

”Nattfall” (“Nights fall”) begins in a similar vein as “Maktesløs”. The drums, however, are more technical with an added touch of cymbal overkill and blast beats. The guitar sections have a very rough edge mixed with a dirty sound. It’s certainly one of the more better parts of the album. “Vi knekker sammen” (We are cracking up”) has the feeling of a Satyricon track for some unknown reason with a near enough copy-cat sound of the previous track. The fifth song of the album comes next, entitled “Lemlestet fordumssyn” (“Mutilated ancient vision”) ripping through with a much heavier element than the last four tracks. The guitars seem to have taken on a more gut-wrenching sounding while the drums are more fierce, violent and demonic in their playing. The vocals sound blasphemous as well, adding that special black metal element to the song.

”Gråbein I Fåreklær” (“Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing”) comes in with a weak introduction. The guitar riffs can’t seem to choose between heavy or melodic and poorly attempting to fuse the both. The vocals sound strained to an extent – Truly disappointing as they sounded great on the previous tracks. The guitars come back stronger later on in the track, fortunately – Even if they do overpower the drums several times. The second to last song on the album is none other than “A misteg in the wind” (“A Step In The Wind”). The introduction feels like a Gorgoroth track from the “Pentagram” album of ‘94. The drums are truly aggressive, virtually dominating the entire song but they are overused heavily. The album finishes with “La tonene tale” (“Let your voices note”). The introduction is soft like a Nickleback track until the distortion of the guitars booms out of the speakers. The drums seem to be filling places they shouldn’t be played in at all but the guitars have some truly strong parts on the track. One key thing about the track is the lack of vocals.

”I Elendighetens Selskap” isn’t anything special. The crude sound quality places emphasis on the band’s old school Norsk svart metall sound but the album sounds like any old black metal album. The drums are heavily overused which doesn’t do any justice for the band or the album. If Svikt want to get somewhere then they’ll have to up their game and try bring something new to their music rather than repeat what was done in the ‘90s.


Nico Davidson

All translations of the song titles are loose translations and should not be taken as the literal or correct translations.

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