There is something to the black metal aesthetic that you don’t find in other kinds of metal- Sweden’s SVÄLTVINTER prove that with their short and to the point answers in this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-It wasn’t that hard to come up with a name, our drummer came up with a few suggestions and after that we eventaully agreed on one. The name for us means the total opposite of what benefits mankind, and what makes them happy.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have?
-Darkthrone, Burzum and Taake.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-If we play slow we want more atmosphere, and if we play fast we want the music to hit you in the face.
How does your music work in a live environment?
-Dangerous, miserable and good.
You have some releases to your name. Which one are you the most proud of?
Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
– It is pretty hard yes. We play live, and we use social platforms to reach out to communities that like this type of music.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-A cover for an album must reflect the atmosphere and the meaning of our music for it to be great. There are many great album covers, Dark Throne’s “Under a Funeral Moon”, Emperor’s “In the Nightside Eclipse”, and Burzum’s “Filosofem” just to name a few
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-No, we don’t feel we are. In our country, you either go to disco clubs, listen to midi metal, listen to white-thrash shit, or you listen to bands like us.
How do one promote oneself the best possible way?
-Play shows, and make people remember them. That’s just about it.
What does the future hold? Next up we’re recording an album, after that we’ll see.
-Hate humans, worship forests.
Hail from Svältvinter