Formed in 1991 by Ornias the band was originally named CHALICE, changing its name to SVARTSYN in 1993. With Draugen (ex-DARK FUNERAL) joining the lineup in 1996, SVARTSYN signed to Folter Records for the release their debut full-length album "The True Legend" - the first of a total of eight full-length albums, the latest being 2013's "Black Testament" on Agonia Records. SVARTSYN quickly became a cult band on the Swedish Black Metal scene, playing traditional dark, grim, Black Metal in a style that is fast, brutal, sinister and misanthropic. As Ornias himself says of "Nightmarish Sleep", "If you like your production to sound nice and clean you'd better stay the fuck away. This is very dark, dirty and violent. This is the result, at least in part, of a search for answers as to why I'm still here. There is a reason why is still exist. ...a nightmarish deep that takes you beyond the Black testament. These are the offerings and the hymns to the Dark Gods. This IS the nightmarish sleep".
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