Interviews > Svarti Loghin
Interview by Athena Schaffer

Svarti Loghin’s sophomore release, Drifting Through The Void (ATMF) takes us on a luscious, melodic Metal journey exploring both the farthest reaches of the cosmos to the dark recesses of the inner mind. Moods ranging from tranquil wonder to painful screams are sure to make this an experience you won’t soon forget (and probably will frequently revisit with numerous spins in the CD player).

Hailing from Sweden, Svarti Loghin – which means “Black Flame” in archaic Swedish – are: guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist S.L., guitarist/clean vocalist Limpan, bassist Raymond N, and drummer Emil.

The Crowgrrl recently caught up with Raymond to explore the depths of the Void’s blackness.

What exactly does the concept of “Black Flame” mean to you?

That’s the direct translation of the old Norse name we got, Svarti Loghin. But to be honest we just took it from an Arckanum song as we thought it to be a good name that was not yet taken.

The Drifting Through The Void album seems to have a very Cosmic thread running through it, doesn’t it?

That is true, from the lyrics to the artwork inside the digipack. We thought that the cosmic approach reflects the ethereal and atmospheric feeling of the music. We also felt that we have covered the nature concept on the last album so we turned our glance to the skies, so to speak.

”Stargazer” seems to be a microcosm of the rest of the album – it has a myriad of emotions in it from solemn wonder to intensity?

You could say that, I have so far only read one review where the writer thinks that we have put to many ingredients in the pot, but I think that the “myriad of emotions” as you put it throughout the album is a strength, even though it makes it hard to pick one song to sum up the whole album.

”Nightsky Interlude” almost feels stormy?

We felt it was a good interlude and that it builds up well to the next song, namely:

””Bury My Heart In These Starlit Waters” frames very intense vocals against a contrast of gorgeous guitars?

Contrasting elements and playing with different harmonies and emotions is a major part of the music on Drifting Through the Void. That song is a good example of that.

Although the cover of Sabbath’s “Planet Caravan” fits like a glove with the rest of the album, why did you decide to add it?

That choice will indeed lead to dissent by our reviewers. We wanted to have a cover, and originally we tried with a Jefferson Airplane song but we could not make a version that stood up against the original. In "Planet Caravan" there was more room for experiments, to add another dimension and not just make a plain cover. It serves both as a tribute and as a preview of our more experimental side.

Who does most of the songwriting for the band?

Without doubt S.L. He writes all the riffs and then we arrange the songs together and add the final layers in the studio. We record everything by ourselves and that gives us much studio time to experiment with additional layers.

Do the lyrics come first? Does the music come first? What is the songwriting process like for you?

Music comes first, and then S.L writes lyrics by himself that he works with together with Limpan in the studio until we come up with the final version.

What’s your personal favorite song on the new album?

I would have to say "Bury My Heart in These Starlit Waters", very dreamy and atmospheric like I want it.

Any video plans for any songs?

Not at this point.

Any stories behind the cover art?

We felt that we had to do something different than forest pictures this time, and as stated above a cosmic thread runs through the album, both in lyrics and artwork inside the digipack. The front started as a sketch that I showed to the other members early on and it stuck there as we where satisfied with it. Not black metal-ish at all and that suits us as we don’t what to be labeled just a “depressive black metal band” or whatever.

Tour plans?

Not at this point.

What is your live show like?

We have only performed live once, and that time we played the songs while we sat down and entered into them emotionally. Kim that did the guest vocals on "Ödelagd Framtid" did session vocals and Jon played rhythm guitar.

Does your live set list contain mostly songs from your new album, or your previous album?

The set that we have played contained of four songs, two from every album, namely "Empty World" and "Inner Desolation" from Empty World and "Kosmisk Tomhet" and "Bury My Heart in These Starlit Waters" from Drifting Through the Void.

What kinds of merch are you bringing with you this time?

So far we have no other merch than the albums, but we are interested in shirts.

What do you do on your “down-time” on the road? Do you bring movies or videogames? If so, which ones?

We have not experienced any so far, but I don’t think anyone of us play videogames. Movies is the other members’ big interest, mostly old ones.

Are you filming any of your shows for a possible DVD down the road?

Not at this point.

How Hands-On are you with your Website and Myspace pages?

I do everything visual regarding the band, artwork and design and also the code for the Myspace.

Is there anything that I didn’t ask that you want to talk about?

I think you covered it all, thank you.