Fresh from being signed to Mighty Music, Danish folk metal purveyors Svartsot will release the first digital single and official video from their forthcoming album on December 3rd. And, what a way to start showing music from Kumbl! “Liden Kirsten” is a catchy traditional anthem which the nordic six-piece re-worked to make their own.
One of the lesser-known old folk ballads from Denmark, this song is about a king who decides that he wants to get married and have children without telling the lucky lady of his intentions first. Only after Little Kirsten has given birth to two boys does he tell her that he is the father, and that she may be his queen.
Although it is now quite a while since Svartsot has released new material, the band is still very much alive and kicking. In the interim since 2015’s Vældet, the beer-soaked folk metallers have been active on the live scene in Denmark and abroad, including appearances at various major festivals as well as at the prestigious 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise in 2019. After a change of bassist and the decision to shelve an album’s worth of material in 2017/18, the idea of releasing a collection of traditional folk songs that have inspired the band, reworked in Svartsot’s characteristic style, was spawned.
The original idea was to release this fifth album, entitled Kumbl (an old Danish word meaning ‘monument’ or ‘memorial’), in 2020 to coincide with Svartsot’s 15th anniversary. However, due to various practicalities, the album was first recorded (by none other than the band’s drummer and up-and-coming producer, Frederik Uglebjerg) during the pandemic.
In support of the album, Svartsot have been booked for a series of concerts across Denmark. Whilst only a few European shows are booked or planned at the moment, more will hopefully follow, if travel regulations permit.
Kumbl will be re-released in CD, LP and digital formats via Mighty Music on February 25th, 2022. The single is available to stream on various services now.