Svartsot review – Sabaton Open Air 2018
Svartsot, (Black sickness) is a folk metal band with five guys from Denmark. The band has been active since 2005 even if it´s been ups and downs with disagreements and new members over the years. The music is strong with different tones of growl as the main signum. The other ingredient that makes this band stand out from other metal bands is the medieval tones of flute and bagpipe. The loops of these sets a distinct profile on the music and the image that makes this band interesting. It´s heavy but not death.
I like the vocalist, Thor Bager. He has a good contact with the audience and his expression fits the music. In the other hand, there is not much action on stage. It would have been nice with more movement and also a better storytelling about the music, lyrics etc. The songs are quite the same. If you like one, you will like the rest. There are obvious fans in the audience and Svartsot is one of the better folk metal bands I have heard. It´s just the final touch missing to make it really great.
If the vikings had metalheads, they probably sounded like this.
Where: Sabaton Open Air 1028
Stand out Track: Well, that´s the problem. No one.