Interview with Jan Roger Pettersen about the Dark Ambient project, Svartsinn.
By Carla Morton
Hello Jan, how have you been?
Been good, thanks for asking.
Tell me when did Svartsinn was formed?
Svartsinn was officially formed in 1999.
The last release was in 2013, ”The Borrowed World”. Tell me about it.
That’s correct. It was an idea Hćrleif (of Northaunt) and I got after being approached by the nice gentlemenof the LOKI Foundation label when we both were playing the Phobos Festival in Germany. They offered us to release a splitvinyl and since both of us had just read and loved Cormac McCarthy’s book “The Road”, we decided to make music inspired by it. If you or your readers don’t know the book, I can quickly say that is a ficion novel set in an apocalyptic world where a father and his son journey’s the wasteland trying to survive and avoid lurking dangers. Very dark and gloomy, and very well written.
Also, tell me a few words about the other releases.
My 3 first albums are “Devouring Consciousness” (2002, Eibon Records). “Of Darkness And Re-Creation” (Cyclic Law, 2003), “Traces Of Nothingness” (Cyclic Law, 2005) who are all 3 highly personal albums, a sort of trilogy where I make music about some really difficult times in my life. Then there is “Elegies For The End” (Cyclic Law, 2009). Which is more an album where I have taken inspiration from certain events or incidents to make the 4 songs. Also, this was an anniversary album, so I had 9 artist friends remix some of my songs as a bonus. I have also contributed with songs to several compilations, too many to mention here.
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When I get emails from bands or individuals asking me to review their album I do my best to try and do that as it’s very hard for bands to get noticed these days so every little bit of exposure helps. So I get an email from Lucian the Wolfbearer asking for a review of their new album ‘Void’ who claims to be Nordic Folk music with power metal style vocals.
Being a metal website when I have things come to me from Norway and claiming folk influences I start getting worried as I know the black metal scene there is really strong and I fully expect to hear some form of that in the metal music from there. And black metal is not a genre that I like very much…so again yeah I was thinking oh boy. Then seeing the album cover, black cover with skull and spinal cord with antlers coming out of the skull, I was for sure I was getting ready to get my ears raped by black metal. However something totally unexpected happened. Continue reading Music Review: Lucian the Wolfbearer CD: Void
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Well here we have another symphonic metal band based out of Norway. This actually should make Sirenia quite unique that it’s not a black metal band instead, though there seems to be a few elements of the black metal culture in this album which I will discuss a bit later. In this day and age there are many symphonic metal bands with female singers popping up everywhere. We have Nightwish, Visions of Atlantis, Epica, Lacuna Coil and many more. As a result we have a lot of bands that vary in quality. Sirenia have been around long enough to be veterans now in the music business so they are doing something right to still be around. So what does Sirenia’s new offering ‘Perils of the Deep Blue’ give us to help it stand apart from others in the crowd? Well get your corpse paint ready and I will tell you… Continue reading Music Review: Sirenia CD: Perils of the Deep Blue