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Svart Records go “Funeral Doom-O-Rama”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 2nd June 2014 by Pieni

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Friday the 13th of June won’t be an unlucky day for funeral doom lovers, as Svart Records will release a double treat for them – Profetus‘ third album “All Seasons Die” and Rippikoulu‘s first release in 21 years, “Ulvaja”. Artwork and track lists as follows:

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1. The Rebirth of Sorrow
2. A Reverie (Midsummer’s Dying)
3. Dead Are Our Leaves Of Autumn
4. The Dire Womb Of Winter

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1. Ulvaja
2. Loputon
3. Jää hyvästi kaunis kesä

Svart Records to release anthology of Isten fanzine

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 17th May 2014 by Pieni

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In 1984, Mikko Mattila put all his passion and devotion for metal into a fanzine called Isten. It soon would build a respectful reputation, not only for the info it provided but also for its demanding, picky nature. Taneli Jarva, former member of the extinct Sentenced, even said “If you happened to get a favourable mention of your demo in Isten you’d peaked. You’d fuckin’ made it.”

Now, 30 years later, Svart Records is proud to announce that it will release “Don’t Break The Ghost”, an 800-page hardcover anthology of Isten, written by Mattila himself, Janne Sarna and Professor Black. Scheduled for September, the book will feature careful reproductions of nearly all of Isten’s issues plus over 60 pages of unpublished interviews, handwritten letters and photos that were never made public.

“We’re extremely pleased to be working with SVART,” says Mattila. “It is important to do this right, and to do it right now. There’s only going to be a diehard edition. It’ll be svart and heavy.”

Sabbath Assembly premiere new video for I, Satan

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 25th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The ever singular Sabbath Assembly have recently premiered the new video for their latest single, I, Satan, from their third album Quaternity. The album is set for international release via Svart Records this Friday (28th March 2014). The video for I, Satan, which can be viewed below, was created entirely by the band themselves. The song itself features text from sacred Process Church of the Final Judgment scriptures, all written from the standpoint of the Lord of the Underworld. The song delivers a brutal assault with lines such as “Burn the chaff of humanity, dance proud around the leaping flames,” and “Put aside your litanies, priest, Satan does not retreat.” Additional lyrical inspiration comes from Inno A Satana, a classic poem used in Satanic liturgies since it was published in 1865, written by Italian Nobel Prize Winner Giosue Carducci.

Sabbath Assembly online:

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Tombstoned track “Daze of Disintegration” available for streaming

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 6th October 2013 by Pieni

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Having signed with Svart Records, Finnish psychedelic stoner/doom metal band Tombstoned are about to release their debut full-length album. Simply self-titled, “Tombstoned” will see the light of day on November 14th. However, one can have a glimpse of it through the track “Daze Of Disintegration“, now available for streaming at the label’s Soundcloud:

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Track listing:
1. Through Days
2. Daze of Disintegration
3. Rat Race
4. The End
5. Faded
6. Last Waltz

Seremonia’s new album: track-list, cover art and release date

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 11th September 2013 by Pieni

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Finnish psychedelic doom band Seremonia is ready to show the world its second full length, after last year’s self-titled debut (review here). Their label Svart Records has announced this will happen on October 18th and that will be called “Ihminen” (“human”). Track-list as follows, cover art right below:

1. Noitamestari
2. Itsemurhaaja
3. Ovi
4. Suuri Valkeus
5. Painajaisten Maa
6. Luonto Kostaa
7. Ihminen
8. Itsemurhaaja II
9. Vastaus Rukouksiisi
10. Tähtien Takaa
11. Hallava Hevonen

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Last April, “Ovi” (“door”) was released as a single and gives you an idea of what to expect from this “Ihminen”. If you missed it, you can listen to it at

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Candlemass premier Under The Oak from Roadburn Festival live album

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 28th May 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Today, doom legends Candlemass premiere the new live track Under the Oak at the Roadburn Festival website. The track hails from Candlemass‘ vinyl-only Epicus Doomicus Metallicus – Live at Roadburn 2011 album, set for international release on June 14th through Svart Records. Candlemass‘ debut album Epicus Doomicus Metallicus is a genre-defining classic if there ever was one – the starting point of modern epic doom metal, even. In 2010 and 2011 Candlemass invited the original Epicus vocalist Johan Längqvist back into the fold for a few select shows celebrating the album’s 25th birthday. This vinyl-only release captures the band performing Epicus Doomicus Metallicus album live at the sold-out Roadburn Festival in Holland, April 2011. Mixed from a professional 32-track recording and mastered vinyl under the supervision of the band’s founder and mainman Leif Edling, this is the ultimate live version of the classic. CandlemassUnder the Oak (live) can be heard in its entirety here, at this location.

The Svart release has the album spread over three sides of vinyl and an etching on side D. The two LPs are wrapped in a gatefold jacket, and the set is available on black or white vinyl. Both versions are limited to 400. Leif Edling comments:

No volcano could stop us this time to perform the Epicus album at the Roadburn festival in Holland. It was a very special day, filled with great music, incredible fans, and a band that had a lot of fun doing this! After 25 years original, Epicus singer Johan Längqvist is onstage with us to perform something that people say is one of the doom metal classics. And I think we did a pretty good job there at Roadburn. We played well, and the show was a total success! So here it is, Candlemass live at the Roadburn festival… As it was, no overdubs… Recorded on 32 channels… A fine slice of legendary doom released on big, fat, double-packed vinyl!

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Noisey–Music By Vice premier Hexvessel’s new video for His Portal Tomb

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 21st September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Today, Noisey (Music by VICE) premieres the exclusive new video for Hexvessel‘s His Portal Tomb. The song hails from Hexvessel‘s second and latest album, No Holier Temple, released last week by Svart Records. With all music and lyrics written by vocalist/mastermind Mat McNerney, the video for Hexvessel‘s His Portal Tomb was directed by Marja Konttinen for Brutal Gardener, with source material from Lot In Sodom (1933) by James Sibley Watson. McNerney explains the concept behind the His Portal Tomb video: “Images and inscriptions on Egyptian coffins magically place the mummy of the deceased at the centre of a miniature version of the universe. The body as a way in and out of existence. The tomb as a portal. Our mortal prison, where we’re to endure the wrath of god and the punishment of angels. Jude 1:7 records that both Sodom and Gomorrah were ‘giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.’ I wonder what the sarcophagus would tell us, if he could recall his life of earthly pleasures?” The video for Hexvessel‘s His Portal Tomb can be viewed exclusively here.

Hexvessel‘s No Holier Temple fuses the acoustic ’70s folk vibe of its critically acclaimed Dawnbearer predecessor into a more psychedelic, electric, doom-folk sound with Manzarek-like keys, screeching & rhythmic Velvet Underground violins, Miles Davis trumpets, and hypnotic freakouts. Weaving the uncanny songs together are the narrative vocals of Mat McNerney – who on this album has matured into the bastard child of Burke Shelley, young Jon Anderson, and Paul Simon – and inspired by the progressive, spaced-out haze of bands like Amon Düül II, Van Der Graaf Generator, and Ultimate Spinach – whose song “Your Head Is Reeling” they cover with religious abandon – their sound now expands outward from their eerie, signature, ritual-esque intros into a genre-twisting cauldron of otherworldly rock and the late-night, dreamy spoken-word of artists such as Jim Morrison (An American Prayer) and Ken Nordine.

The front cover (below) is by the artist Bastian Kalous and represents the reverence to the native forest and nature that Hexvessel wish to raise awareness and preservation of. The themes of the album “are inspired by the work of great men like Scottish-American naturalist and preservationist John Muir and more recent radical environmental advocates Dave Foreman and Howie Wolke,” discussing the definition of what makes something holy and sacred.

Frontman and founder Mat McNerney says of the album: “The songs were written specifically to be channeled by a group. This is the sound of a cult, all focused on summoning the same magic, joined in prayer, haunted by the same demons. We actively pushed for a new way to evolve our sound. I purposely strove to make this album a calculated move-on from Dawnbearer. This isn’t about using symbols of the occult. This is about a way of living that returns the old gods to their rightful place. We’re a family that worships nature through word and sound. We hope you will join us.”