I was recently turned on to SvartE by a friend with a penchant (understatement, if ever there was one) for Summoning, who knew of my own fondness (understated again) for them, and rightly assumed I would eat up it like I have all things Summoning and Summoning clone.
What little is known about this excellent band hailing from Egypt is only to be found on an Encyclopedia Metallum entry, a MySpace page, and Facebook group, all of which are quite barren so it’s difficult to say if my information is complete/accurate. Let alone if the band is even active anymore.
All I know is that sometime in 2003 SvartE released an amazing three-track demo, titled The Bleak Sorrow, of pure Summoning worship complete with Tolkien themes and epic keyboard driven black metal. According to the old and unkempt Facebook page, the band also began work on a full length sometime in 2009 but it’s unclear whether it ever came to fruition and if it did, where one can procure a copy.
The 2003 demo, and only work of the band’s I’ve been abel to get my hands on, was made available for free download sometime in 2010 and to our benifit, the link is still active! I’ve made one of the tracks available for stream and download above and if you find it to your liking, you can download the full demo by following this link (sorry, it’s Rapid
Additionally, two tracks not found on the demo, Here At The End Of All Things and The Ancient Ruins, are available for streaming on the official SvartE myspace (link above).
And sadly, that is all she wrote…
If anyone out there (members of the band, friends of the band, the savvy, etc.) has any more info on SvartE, contact us posthaste or drop a line in the comments below so we can share it with the world.
Enjoy, and, as usual, you’re welcome to share your thoughts below.
[Many thanks Itkovian, Shield Anvil (Fener’s Reve)]