As far as concepts go, you have to doff your cap to Sweden’s V who undertook the enormous task of performing and recording in the desolate landscape at the top of a mountain in western Dalecarlia. Armed with five generations and all the equipment needed to fulfil the task in hand, the result is the breathtaking Led Into The Wild – Live At Svansberget.
Split into four parts, the first of which was premiered by The Obelisk with the track Broadcast From The Shadows, and was followed by Hostage Of Souls over on Idioteq, today we can bring you the third instalment with Pathogenisis. The title track from their debut album, which was released back in 2017 via Suicide Records, the lyrics deal with ‘the plague brought on by humanity in various forms of suffering.’
Now click play below to transport yourself into the desolation of Svansberget with Pathogenisis…
More On V & ‘Led Into The Wild – Live At Svansberget’
The band discussed doing something out of the ordinary, perhaps a live show in the middle of the forest on a mountain and filming it all. This was back in 2019 when live streams and recorded live shows were not as common as now during the pandemic, at least not going out of one’s way to make something like this with practically no budget.
V lives in a pretty desolate part of Sweden where one can easily get lost in the wilderness of the mountains, rivers lakes and forests of the Taiga belt. This is a huge inspiration for them, probably even more than they like to admit. So, driving up a mountain in the old Finngrounds of western Dalecarlia with an old German van filled with: five generators, full backline, PA, lights, a mobile bar with kraft beer on draft, a military tent with a stove, a few good friends and a small camera team takes some balls considering how much that can actually go wrong with the typical Scandinavian weather and so forth.
V managed to record an entire set in one take, except for a few hickups while starting a few of the songs but they started right back up again. The weather forecast was threatening with rain and so of course felt that the pressure was on. They had a huge tarp to cover all the gear in case of that and actually built a little shed on site for the mixing and lighting desks. It turned out to be a very magical night and they lit a huge bonfire when the rain finally came after the show.
So, what happened to the material one might ask? Since it was recorded in the beginning of May 2019 and now coming out December 2021 in segments, why did it take so long? Well since it was a full-on DIY happening, funds for editors and postproduction were at the mercy of benefactors and they withdrew in the final stages, enter the pandemic, it seemed like a hopeless task to fulfill.
So, it seemed that Led Into The Wild – Live At Svansberget (Swan Mountain) just wasn’t to be. But with the help of Henrik from Suicide Records and some cutting by Andreas, it finally came to its right and is now available to be seen by the world.
Andreas Baier – Guitar, Vocal, Synth
Jonas Gryth – Guitar
Marcus Lindqvist – Bass, Vibraphone
Daniel Liljekvist – Drums
V and their debut from 2017 Pathogenisis, and 2019s Led Into Exile were released via Suicide Records and are available on various formats over on the labels Bandcamp.