On May 7th Svarga Music will release Doctor Veritas, the third album from Ukraine’s SVYATOGOR, an Experimental Death/Black Metal album, one quite unusual for this style. Along with melodic fragments and penetrating vocals, the solos smack of classical Heavy Metal and the saxophone gives the music Jazz and Art-rock tendencies, all of which is rooted in Black Metal. Lyrics are written in Russian, Ukrainian, English and French languages and devoted to the problems of society, preparation of human emotions, reflection on the subject of contemporary history, structure of the universe, and macrocosm. SVYATOGOR features Amorth I.M. (ex-DRUDKH, ex-ASTROFAES, UNDERDARK) and Master Alafern (QUINTESSENCE MYSTICA, TRIGLAV, THUNDERKRAFT). Doctor Veritas is officially distributed by Australis Records (Chile), Casus Belli Musica (Russia), Dead Shop (Ukraine), Fono (C.I.S.), My Kingdom Music (Italy), Rock Inc/Bertus (BeNeLux), The End Records (North America) and Code7/PlasticHead (UK & Worldwide).
An album teaser for Doctor Veritas has been posted at this location.
Doctor Veritas Cover Art & Track Listing
1. Памяти мёртвых Героев [In Memory Of Fallen Heroes]
2. Word hard. Eat. Watch.
3. Манифест [The Manifesto]
4. Doctor Veritas
5. Нi вогню, нi меча… [Nor Fire, Nor Sword…]
6. AWOKE / INCOMING (Antarctic solitude)
7. Плюнуть и забыть [Spit And Forget]
8. Неизбежность [Inevitability]
9. La concupiscence [Lust]
10. Реинкарнация дум [Reincarnation Of Thoughts]
The band is currently streaming the track “Work hard. Eat. Watch.” on Svarga Music’s Soundcloud Page.
SVYATOGOR was founded by Arius (guitar) and Konstantin (vocal) in the autumn of 1999. At the beginning of its existence the songs “Battle beyond the forest” and”Immediate Vengeance” were created. They later became the basis of the band`s debut album. In the years 2000-2001 the band was completed by Odalv (drums), Master Alafern (guitar, THUNDERKRAFT, TRIGLAV), Paulus (bass) and actively began rehearsal and concert activities.
In the summer of 2002 the recording of the debut album …With Wolfish Stalk and by Wings of Black… was started in the band`s home studio. Due to force majeure connected with some faulty equipment the album was lost. And only in the spring of 2004 the band tries again to record the lost album, but now in a well known Kharkov studio (audioALchemia). The attempt was successful and in the spring of 2005 the first full-length album …With Wolfish Stalk and by Wings of Black… (6 tracks, 33 minutes) was finally recorded. The style of the album can be characterized as Pagan Black Metal.
Having recorded the album Odalv, Paulus and Konstantin leave the band. Arius takes up vocals, a session drummer Vsesvit joins the band which makes it possible for the band to continue rehearsals and take part in concerts. With this team in 2006 the band records its second album
Energy-Freedom: Force is Strong, Power is Imperious (7 tracks, 51 minutes) in audioALchemia and XC-Records studios. The style is Death-Black Metal.
In the autumn of 2007 the permanent drummer Amorth I.M. (ex-DRUDKH, ex-ASTROFAES, UNDERDARK) and bass guitarist Duk join the band. During the years 2006-2011 the band has active concert activities and takes part in such festivals as Svarogovo Kolo, Navja Noch, Metal Point, Svarogov Den etc., also supports many different European Death/Black Metal bands. SVYATOGOR has also been invited to many concerts as a headliner.
In the summer of 2011 SVYATOGOR completes its studio work on the third album
Doctor Veritas (10 tracks, 52 minutes). This album will be released on 7th of May 2012 by Ukrainian underground label Svarga Music. Currently the band is working on their 4th album. The recording sessions are planned for summer 2012.
Arius – vocal, guitar
Master Alafern – guitar, violin
Duk – bass
Amorth I.M. – drums