Swedish black metal horde Svederna shares “Folkets Blod” from the impending third full-length, Härd, which will be out on CD and digital format through Carnal Records on August 28th, with a vinyl release planned later this year.
“‘Folkets Blod’ epitomizes all that Svederna is,” the Värmland-based quartet offers on the track. “Musically, it engulfs the listener in a ravaging whirlwind of blast beats and haunting melodies, transcending into a frenzied groove, without ever losing touch of the typical, raw Svederna sound. The lyrics explore a darker side of northern melancholy, describing despairing masses torn apart by deafening silence and the filthy remains of a hollowed self-understanding.”
Svederna’s forthcoming opus, Härd, consists of ten blistering tracks of supreme black metal performed with their fierce blend of raw aggression and strong melodies. As always, the almighty riff is the main focal point, each one exceeded by the next one creating an overwhelming metal meltdown. The album title, translated to English as ‘Hearth,’ symbolically stands for a sacred place where everything melts and only the truth remains.
For the third time, recording and production took place in the remote wilderness of their native Värmland, Sweden, with longtime collaborator Lars Robin Larsson Asp. The album was nailed during one week in February of 2020 with the paragon of keeping an organic, raw, and clear sound, letting the songs speak for themselves with a sense of urgency and vitality.
With the addition of permanent bass player Simon Frödeberg Karlin, Svederna has come full circle with four instrumentalists writing and performing at the peak of their competence in a group effort. Created with a sense of timelessness and this strong core as an outset, Härd is a result of dedication and conviction, taking the band and its music to new musical plains. While expanding deeper into the black metal foundation the band wields steep, unpredictable, and spellbinding song arrangements with a mind-bending effect, locking the audience to the wall of sound.
At the forefront, eagerly pacing, is the distraught voice of dire desperation, adding a solemn layer with harsh lyrical themes that deal with the imminent fall of the world around us and the necessity for a return to a natural way of life.
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