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MB Premiere and Review: SVARTTJERN - 'Melodies of Lust'

Out of Norway's grim black metal pits climbs SVARTTJERN with their latest insolence titled "Shame is Just a Word". Sharing members of Carpathian Forest, Svarttjern combine blood stained fists to clobber the feeble and unworthy. Their smack dab and sincere approach to the sub genre has earned them some renown thus casting them aside from the obloquy of mediocre black metal bands.

Now under Soulseller Records comes 8 tracks drenched in the pride of late 1st wave black metal. If you're looking to roll in the trenches of opprobrium, take a dive in SVARTTJERN's pool with 'Melodies of Lust' before it opens to the public January 17th, 2020 via Soulseller Records.

Being able to appropriately mix thrash metal and heavy metal with black metal is one of the formulas responsible for Svarttjern's success; 'Prince of Disgust', 'Bonded by Blood' and 'Shame is Just a Word' key-in on what makes the album (by what I would consider a veteran band given the members involvement with Carpathian Forest and Ragnarok) so fun to listen to. The vocals are excellent, the riffs especially on 'Melodies of Lust' and 'Frost Embalmed Abyss' are phenomenal; the drumming gives you that early thrash metal feel of fury on instances, while the production helps out through its clarity.

Just a handful of bands could reach such a defining point in their musical journey and still remain relevant in a scene that consists of exorbitant amounts of banality, some of which need to hide behind edgy theatrics to even get a glance in their direction, thanks to the saturated mess of a genre. However, Svarttjern are a dependable breed far from the leeching hordes carrying the tag of self-proclamation, a reoccurring thing I see now.

Full review of the Svarttjern's "Shame is Just a Word" can be found here.


HansFyrste - Vocals
HaaN - Lead Guitar
Grimdun - Drums
Fjellnord - Guitar
Malphas - Bass


Entered: 12/11/2019 12:04:26 AM