Boy, have I been waiting anxiously for this silver disc!
Since I got my greasy little hands on Danish folk metallers
Svartsot’s four-track promo early last year and saw what they can do
live, I’ve been wanting this here baby to be delivered on my
doorstep. As you can tell from the rating, I’m not disappointed!
‘Ravnenes Saga’ is one of those discs that find it hard to leave the
stereo system in my car (where I listen to most of my music these
days) – you know, I think: ‘better put something else on now’, but
once the first chords of opening track Gravøllet [The Wake] sound,
Svartsot and I reach a silent agreement that we’ll go for another
spin of their dark and groovy folk metal with the exquisite sounds
of the whistle, mandolin and bodhran.
The songs Tvende Ravne, Jotunheimsfærden, Skønne Møer and Brages
Bæger are by now all classics in my mind (they were the tracks of
the promo), but the remaining eight songs add to the variation and
show that there’s more to Svartsot.
There’s for example the bombastic, yet gentle melancholy of the
instrumental Hedens Døtre which really shows that this band is
capable of setting a mood – efficiently punctuated and contrasted by
the ensuing thrash barrage of Festen.
The biggest stylistic surprise probably comes at the end with the
funky clean guitars of the last track Havets Plage. Interesting by
any measure, but it works quite nicely as a contrast to the
efficient concrete-hard riffing on the rest of the album.
If you’re looking for a neck-breaker of an album with an twist of
Scandinavian and Celtic folklore, this is definitely were you want
to turn your wanting ears!