Hapas endorsement partnership

Nothing is more important to a musician than their craft and, by extension, the tools of their trade. No partnership imaginable could therefore be more exciting than having a team of the finest luthiers create for you a beautiful new instrument to your own ideal specifications. Svartsot are therefore indescribably pleased to announce that we are entering an endorsement partnership with German luthiers, Hapas Guitars, who will soon begin the crafting of two guitars and a bass for the band.

We shall be posting pictures of the construction process from start to finish as the instruments take shape over the coming months.

This partnership is particularly apt, as looking at the guitars they make, it is hauntingly as though they had listened to our music and decided to base their entire catalogue on a visual representation everything our band stands for. They are also unique amongst guitar-builders in that Cris, Alm and James all agree how much we like them!

A massive thanks goes out to Robert, Andreas and everyone at Hapas for making this happen!

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Endorsement from Fusion Bags

Svartsot are happy to announce an endorsement partnership with the very fine Fusion Bags. James has had one of the very first Urban Double Electric Bass bags couriered over to Denmark in time for our slot on the European leg of the Pagan Rebellion Tour with Arkona and Metsatöll. Huge thanks to Wendy and Fusion!

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Svartsot to tour with Arkona and Metsatöll this autumn

Following the releases of both our latest album, Vældet, and our first official video, for the track Midsommer, earlier this year, we can now announce that we will be touring Europe with Arkona from Russia and Metsatöll from Estonia in November and December! The dates and venues can be seen in the tour-poster beneath this post. More dates are to be added soon.

We are really looking forward to revisiting some places we have already been to, and visiting other places we have not yet had the chance to visit.

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Official video for the track Midsommer

We are proud to be able to announce our first EVER official music video! The video is for the track Midsommer from our latest album, Vældet. Filming took place at Jels Vikingeby in Jutland, Denmark on the weekend of 27th and 28th of June (just after the actual date of Midsummer Eve, the 23rd of June), and was filmed and edited by the talented young Danish video producer, Christian Søes. In keeping with the lyrics for the track, the video portrays the older Danish Midsummer Eve tradition of building a fire to ward off evil spirits on the shortest night of the year.

Extras for the filming include our original whistler Stewart Lewis, wives, children, girlfriends, parents and friends of the band as well as actors from Jels Vikingespil. We would like to thank all of the involved, including a special thanks to Janus Lynggaard and all at Jels Vikingespil and Jels Vikingeby for letting us use their resources, Thor’s mum (Marielle Hansen) for all of her help, and the Nisted Atkin family (we shot the video on James’ wife’s birthday).

The video can be seen on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhtd7h5w2mM), or alternatively on our Vimeo channel (https://vimeo.com/svartsotofficial/svartsot-midsommer-official-music-video). A short introduction to the video can also be seen on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QJnd5sKkxY) and Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/svartsotofficial/svartsot-announces).

Enjoy!