Band SVYATOGOR was founded by Arius (guitar) and Konstantin (vocal) in the autumn of 1999. At the beginning of its existence the songs «Battle beyond the forest» and «Immediate vengeance» were created. They later became the basis of the band`s debut album. In the years 2000-2001 the band was completed by Odalv (drums), Master Alafern (guitar, THUNDERKRAFT, TRIGLAV), Paulus (bass) and actively began rehearsal and concert activities.
In the summer of 2002 the recording of the debut album «...With Wolfish Stalk and by Wings of Black...» was started in the band`s home studio. Due to force majeure connected with some faulty equipment the almost ready album was lost. And only in the spring of 2004 the band tries again to record the lost album but now in a well known Kharkov studio «audioALchemia». The attempt was success and in the spring of 2005 the first full-length band`s album «…With Wolfish Stalk and by Wings of Black...» (6 tracks, 33 minutes) was finally recorded. The style of the album can be characterized as Pagan Black Metal.
Having recorded the album Odalv, Paulus and Konstantin leave the band. Arius takes up vocals, a session drummer Vsesvit joins the band which makes it possible for the band to continue rehearsals and take part in concerts. With this team in 2006 the band records its second album «Energy-Freedom: Force is Strong, Power is Imperious» (7 tracks, 51 minutes) in «audioALchemia» and «XC-Records» studios. The style is Death-Black Metal.
In the autumn of 2007 the permanent drummer Amorth I.M. (UNDERDARK, ex-ASTROFAES, ex-DRUDKH) and bass guitarist Duk join the band.
During the years 2006-2011 the band has active concert activities and takes part in such festivals as Svarogovo Kolo, Navja Noch, Metal Point, Svarogov Den etc., also supports many different European Death/Black Metal bands. SVYATOGOR has also been invited to many concerts as a headliner.
In the summer of 2011 SVYATOGOR completes its studio work on the third album «Doctor Veritas» (10 tracks, 52 minutes). The style is Death-Black Metal with the unusual for this style arrangements, vocal parts and melodic fragments. The parts of the solo guitar cast the atmosphere of classical heavy metal and the saxophone gives the music jazz and art-rock tendencies. Unlike the previous albums, where the lyrics were only in Russian, in «Doctor Veritas» there are also English, French and Ukrainian texts. The subject area is various – problems of society, preparation of human emotions, reflection on the subject of contemporary history, structure of the universe, macrocosm. This album will be released on 7th of May 2012 by Ukrainian independent label Svarga Music.
Currently the band is working on their 4th album. The recording session is planned for Summer 2012.