Svalbard – It’s Hard To Have Hope
Along with the pre-order they released a brand new video for their newest track “Unpaid intern” including an essay from Serena regarding unpaid internships in the UK – here.
Uncompromising and hard-hitting, It’s Hard To Have Hope takes direct aim at difficult topics that are only becoming increasingly more urgent to address. There’s little in the way of poetry to the lyrics, and there’s zero room for ambiguity as vocalist, Serena Cherry, screams “Where is the protection for the women?”. There’s an abundance of raw honesty as the Bristolian quartet tackle some very uncomfortable subjects head on; with sexual harassment, revenge porn and the exploitation of unpaid internships being just a few of their targets.
Whilst the lyrical content is central to SVALBARD’s make up, the music is equally not to be overlooked. Whilst refining their distinctive blend of euphoric black metal, post rock and d-beat, the band have incorporated a few more surprising influences along the way this time. From soft, mournful singing to (dare we say) progressive guitar leads, It’s Hard To Have Hope showcases a sensitive dynamic that lends impact to its most crushing moments – of which there are undoubtedly many.
SVALBARD were formed in Bristol in 2011. They recorded 3 EPs and 2 splits before releasing their debut album on Through Love Records/Holy Roar Records in 2015. Described by Metal Hammer as “one of the UK’s brightest sparks” the quartet have toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe, with the likes of Oathbreaker, Downfall of Gaia and Enslaved.
Pre-Order the TLR exclusive edition here!
To be released through HOLY ROAR RECORDS in May 25th 2018.