USBMS Interview with SVARTTJERN
Done by Lady Nott
Lady Nott and the United StatesBlack Metal Sect, would like to thank
HansFyrste and Svarttjern for responding to this interview
1. Can you first tell me, what Svarttjern means, and what its significance is?
The name Svarttjern is near to impossible to explain in any other language than Norwegian. ’Svart’ is black, but the hard word is ’Tjern’. I cold just say that it is a Norwegian name for pond (pond of water) but the old Norwegian word for it has much more mystical references to it, and to be honest, sounds ridicules in any other language. We got the name from a old oil painting of a place in the forest called Svarttjern by the Norwegian painter August Cappelen.
2. What can you tell me about your debut album, "Misanthropic Path of Madness"?
Misanthropic Path of Madness represents fully Svarttjern’s chaotic era that we have grown in to as a band. You can her from the demos that we have stretched very wide over the black metal music style, and pulled in a lot of thrash parts over the years. Our debut album gathers everything we have done and ties the strings in a way that we create our own sound. The album is a wall of sound, and turned out extremely aggressive in all ways. This was our goal. One needs to listen to the album more than once to really ’get it’ in a way, because it holds so many aspects around it. And for those that say it is unoriginal, you diffidently have to sit down with some headphones and listen to it while sharpening your senses.
Depends on where you are in Norway In the bigger cities it is often respected as contribution to the culture and so on, but in smaller places black metal is still like it was in the late eighties and early nineties. One of the shows we had with Taake in a very small christian town in the middle of what we in Norway call ’the bible belt’, the organizer received mail threats from the towns people saying that they would stop this satanic concert with violence if the didn’t cancel it. We didn’t care, brought in extra security and both bands played. So all in all it depends on where you are in Norway.