Biography

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Svovel is a Norwegian symphonic metal band, combining heavy progressive guitars, drums and bass with operatic vocals and symphonic keyboard. The Svovel sound is characterized by a grand symphonic atmosphere with contrasting elements, as well as progressive tendencies and a heavy dose of madness.

 

«We like to challenge the the boundaries of the symphonic metal genre by working with a more original and unconventional approach to the genre.»

– Lead singer, Karine Jæger

 

On the 1st of August 2016, the band released their debut album «Fading», described as a record both embracing and challenging the universe symphonic metal genre with its unusual and even bizarre, but still powerful and epic sound.
Svovel is heavily influenced by the variety of each band member’s musical background, ranging from classical music to extreme metal. Though, symphonic metal bands like Nightwish, Within Temptation and Epica has probably been their biggest influence from the beginning, in putting together the pieces of their own sound.

 

«As I’m schooled in both classical and rhythmic singing. I am very influenced by the voices of many genres. Artists and singers like Kate Bush, Sharon den Adel and Simone Simons, amongst others, has been and will continue to be a huge inspiration and influence to my own voice and performance.»

– Lead singer, Karine Jæger

 

The lyrical themes of Svovel’s music vary but are usually influenced by the world of fantasy fiction as well as a way to illustrate personal experience and emotions. The lyrics are often focused on conveying a specific situation or emotional development.

 

«Svovel’s lyrics contains a lot of grief and vulnerability, even madness, but also so much energy, determination and courage. I love the variation in every song we perform, that the topics of each song rarely are the same. It lets me explore new worlds and emotions through the music.»

– Lead singer, Karine Jæger

 

Svovel was formed in 2013, and has since then played a variety of venues in the Oslo Region of Norway on stages like Verkstedet, Magneten, Buddy Scene (Drammen), John Dee and Rockefeller.
In 2014, Svovel entered the band competition «Emergenza Festival» in Norway. After being named favorites in the semi finals at the sold out show at John Dee in Oslo, Svovel rocked a jam-packed Rockefeller Music Hall in the Norwegian finals. During the course of the competition, they got recognized for their energetic live performances and charismatic lead singer.
While writing and recording «Fading», Svovel also entered the band competition Global Battle of the Bands 2015, and rocked their way to the Norwegian Finals at John Dee with awesome reviews and feedback.
In August 2016, Svovel held the release concert for «Fading» at a packed Verkstedet Bar in Oslo. The night was a huge success and a highlight in the band’s career so far.
Svovel has already started working on their next album and has even performed some of the new songs live. They’re headed for the studio in the spring of 2017 to record their next album.

 

Members:
Håkon Eikeland – Guitar
Karine Jæger – Vocals
Jahn Erlend Holm – Keyboards
Robert de Graaff – Bass
Jonatan Aagaard – Drums

 

Reviews from the Emergenza Festival in Norwegian below.

Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo, 10th of May, 2014
“Svovel spiller en slags mystisk, fortryllende rock. Der vokalen varierer veldig opp og ned i tone. Fra opera til litt growling er det bare å like. Svovel hadde med seg fansen, og de leverte et godt show. De var de eneste av sitt slag i den norske Emergenza-festivalen, og det skal godt gjøres å etterligne dette. De presterte et par hakk bedre på Rockefeller enn de gjorde på John Dee, men dessverre var det ikke de som fikk billetten til den nordiske finalen.”
Link: http://www.emergenza.net/NO/nn-NO/news/1020/21005/the-scheen-sendes-til-stockholm.aspx
John Dee, Oslo, 11th of April 2014
“Et av bandene som dro definitivt mest folk, det var Svovel. Vokalisten hadde grønt hår og minnet for det meste om en eventyrprinsesse der hun sto. Den symfoniske metallen var noe spesiell og mystisk, men liv, det ble det. Fist-pumping i været og høye toner var nok til at folk kjøpte t-skjortene etter konserten. Veldig bra gjennomføring av Svovel, som vi får se i finalen på Rockefeller.”
Link: http://www.emergenza.net/NO/nn-NO/news/1020/20798/andre-semifinale-i-oslo-p-john-dee-var-en-kjempe-fest.aspx
John Dee, Oslo, 16th of March 2014
“Jaggu skulle vi ikke ha litt opera på John Dee også, nærmere bestemt Symfonisk Metal! Dette er et utrolig thight band, som har en fantastisk frontfigur i Karine Jæger, som når de aller høyeste tonene samtidig som hun viser en enorm scenepersonlighet! Dette er megafet musikk, som får de aller fleste i lokalet til å sperre opp øynene mot scenen og digge det som kommer ut fra høyttalerne.”
Link: http://www.emergenza.net/NO/nn-NO/news/1020/20528/nest-siste-kveld-med-innledende-runde-ble-m-tt-med-ballespark-av-lyd.aspx