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Svartby is a folk metal band from Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

The band sings about wild magical creatures living in fictional place “Svartby” (Black Village) - witches, goblins, dwarfs - definitely unkind to human folk, but at the same time merry, nature-loving and nice living beings with a good sense of humor. The lyrics are in Swedish.

The lyrics of the debut album were heavily criticized by Swedish listeners (even the name “Kom I Min Kittel” became “cum in my cauldron” in Swedish ears, not “come into my cauldron”as the band meant). So, to avoid misunderstanding and possible grammar mistakes, the band asked their Swedish friends to check lyrics for further releases (“Tomte” EP and second full length “Riv, Hugg och Bit”).

Line-up:

Torhall – vocals, bass
Lindwurm – guitars
Giftsvamp – keyboards, lyrics
Fenrir – drums

Ex-members:
Hemskalf – guitars, clean vocals (2004-2005)
Hök - guitars (2005-2009)
Somna - drums (2004-2009)


Svartby chronicles

2003 - Giftsvamp starts playing keyboards after a 4-year break – with thoughts of dark magical creatures. So echoes of melodies were born.
- Brutal death band NORDLICHT (Giftsvamp – bass, Lindwurm - guitars) get acquainted with a rock-n-roll band RROLL and future SVARTBY’s frontman Torhall.

2004
- Melodies become songs, ideas become lyrics
- Lindwurm and Giftsvamp quit NORDLICHT and SVARTBY is formed in June.
- Hemskalf is employed to sing clear vocals and be the second guitar
- Torhall joins the band in August
- Somna joins the band in October, 10

2005

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