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Review: Svartsyn - The True Legend
The True Legend

Label: Agonia Records
Year released: 2012
Originally released in: 1998
Duration: 39:31
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: May 27, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
The True Legend

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (6 Votes)

This was Svartsyn's debut release The True Legend. Through Agonia Records the band has partially re-recorded the album, repackaged it, and modified the track list. Now, I haven't heard the original, and to be fair this is my first taste of Svartsyn. The band play the kind of black metal common of their country and obviously shades of acts such as Dark Funeral and Lord Belial can be heard across the release, there are also some first wave nuances in the riffs which are all good.

The album largely dances between the two focal points of their sound, on the one side you have the blasting style of the more modern Swedish bands (with a hint of death metal for good measure) and on the other you also have the more simplistic, punchy riffing style bands such as Bathory established in the early days. Having no idea what the original sounded I can't compare, however I will say that this still oozes plenty of raw underground charm. There is a minor niggle in the snare sound though, especially when the album is cranked up loud, which is something they should have addressed, though still relatively minor.

I can imagine some fans of the band would be disappointed with the omission of "Goatthrone" from the track listing, and I'm not entirely sure why a band would omit a song, maybe they don't like it anymore? However the album certainly is good, and at only seven tracks now, is easily digestible. Tracks such as the title track or the quite frankly awesome "Ghoulhaunted Forest" show Svartsyn at their best, and fans of Swedish black metal will definitely want to pick this up for the collection.

All in all, whilst a tad rawer than your Dissections and your Sacramentums this album is a well worth checking out and there is certainly a nice bit of old school charm that might set this apart from the debuts of some of the more well known Swedish acts. Now is the perfect time to pick this up, with some sweet new artwork to boot. A commendable addition to any self-respecting black metal record collection.

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