SVARTSYN - DESTRUCTION OF MAN - SOUND RIOT
The Swedish duo of Ornias and Draugen - a.k.a. Svartsyn - has set itself a lofty goal with the Destruction Of Man title. Imagine living up to that mission. The cover artwork is grim and so is the music which is a cross between the raw Norwegian sounds of Darkthrone and Swedish metal of Marduk. The sound allows in no light whatsoever. It is pure raw evil as the band goes about its business without frills. What songs like Children Of Plague, Demons Walking On Earth and Towards Chaos lack in dynamism, they make up for with sordid honesty. - Ali "The Metallian"
SVARTSYN - BLOODLINE - SOUND RIOT
Occasionally certain reviewers refer to a band’s sound, in particular the guitar, as a “buzz saw”. In the case of Svartsyn and its long-delayed album Bloodline readers can take the description as literally as possible. Recorded in 1997 and augmented with material from the Tormentor 7” of 1998 Bloodline’s music is like a noise buzz saw on a rampage of violence and fury. In fact, there is no way that the clatter is a coincidence Sunlight Studio production and all. My bet is that, very much like Blasphemy’s debut, the band and producer have deliberately inserted static noise into the mix. Elsewhere, the vocals represent an enraged demon, the drums sound like an industrial accident and the speed titillates between hyper speed and a moderately fast black metal attack. Take Craft’s misanthropic sound, early immortal’s penchant for blasphemic cacophony and add a true 'we don’t give a shit' attitude and songs like Vampyric Sleep, Starcursed And Dead or Witches Dance For Satan begins to come into focus. This CD will spill blood... - Ali “The Metallian”