Kampfar (NOR)

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Kampfar - Profan (Digipak Edition) (2015)

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Year : 2015
Style : Pagan Black Metal
Country : Norway
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Video
Size : 138 mb


Bio:

The beginnings of KAMPFAR date back to 1994, as Dolk bid farewell to his former band Mock. His desire to continue expressing himself musically and to move ahead prompted him to seek new blood. He recruited Thomas to take on the guitar responsibilities and soon the duo began composing new material.The two musicians, who possessed quite disparate musical backgrounds, soon developed a unique sound that was first presented to the public with the release of the MCD “Kampfar”. The self-titled MCD was followed by the full-length album “Mellom Skogkledde Aaser” in 1997. Although the album leaned heavily on Thomas’ folk influences, it still espoused Dolk’s Black Metal finesse.With two releases under their belt, KAMPFAR continued to write and to produce new material. In addition, the band explored new lyrical territory and presented their fans with their first English lyrics. The song was part of the MCD “Norse”. The following year, 1999, Kampfar released their second full-length entitled “Fra Underverdenen”.This particular recording, being darker and more emotional than its predecessors, saw KAMPFAR move away from some of the folk aspects and concentrate more on Thomas’ fondness for classical music. The result, however, was still very deeply rooted in the Black Metal genre.Following the release of “Fra Underverdenen”, KAMPFAR almost disappeared from the face of the earth. It was the beginning of a long period of inactivity due to personal issues. Once resolved, KAMPFAR regained its momentum.After bassplayer Jon and drummer Ask Ty joined the band during 2003, KAMPFAR focused on writing new material and finally accepted one of the numerous offers to play live. The band chose to premiere at the Moshfest festival in Halden, not far from their native Fredrikstad. The show’s success resulted in numerous Norwegian gigs and in the band’s first mini tour of Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands — a tour that also included some festival gigs.In between rehearsing for their live performances and the writing of new songs, demos were recorded and in November 2005, KAMPFAR was ready to enter Silvertone Studio in Gamle Fredrikstad to record what would become the album “Kvass”. Working with producer Rune Jørgensen, the band recorded the album in 3 months time.”Kvass” was well received by the metal press and the band performed at numerous festivals including legendary Wacken and With Full Force. Furthermore, a tour of Europe helped the band reach a whole new level of notoriety, encouraging them to quickly move forward with new material for the next release.KAMPFAR once again remained true to the their primordial style and delivered raw Pagan Folklore Metal as it is meant to be heard. Piercing riffs, driving drums, and catchy melodies shaped their fourth full-length "Heimgang". The dark and yet majestic atmosphere, both clean and harsh, was again caught on tape by Rune Jørgensen of Silvertone Studio, Norway. Lyrically the album dealt with crossing over into the underworld, as told in Nordic myths and legends. "Heimgang" proved that alongside Darkthrone and Satyricon, KAMPFAR remained a forerunner and one of the last true originals of the scene.KAMPFAR followed up with the album "Mare", which opened a new chapter in the Norwegians' band history, while delivering a true monument to black metal. The band achieved the difficult task of giving their sound new impulses without losing their unique style. Isolated keyboard passages and sprechgesang consorted with icy riffs, dark melodies, and oppressive drums. Dolk's raw vocals continued to set the pace, while giving songs like "Bergtatt", and the title track such intensity that they were left with no other choice but to crawl under the skin of even the most discerning black and pagan metal fans. The album was produced by none other than Peter Tägtgren (Abyss Studio), who provided the songs with a piercing and very powerful sound. "Mare" also proved to be the final release involving long time guitarist and composer Thomas.With the touring schedule in place after the release of "Mare", KAMPFAR drafted in the talents of Ole Hartvigsen, already an experienced guitar player and songwriter, with a background from Emancer and Mistur. The band co-headlined Europe and North America as part of The Black Path tour, before headlining a second European tour, the aptly named Devilish Triumph. Yet more festivals were added and the cycle ended with the Barge To Hell cruise from Miami to Bahamas in late 2012.The fresh blood provided another impulse by taking familiar elements into unfamiliar territory. The resulting highly forcused writing process injected an energy into Djevelmakt that spawned songs as diverse as "Mylder" and "Swarm Norvegicus" while keeping a strong musical foundation in place.Djevelmakt is Kampfar's sixth studio album and part of the third creative wave. Up to 2003 the band was a two man outfit and released "Mellom Skogkledde Aaser" and "Fra Underverdenen" as well as several EPs. The second wave took the band into the live arena after completing the band with two more members and it bred another two albums: "Kvass" and "Heimgang"."Mare" started the third cycle, and now "Djevelmakt" reaffirms that Kampfar’ s music is timeless, yet also very much a representation of Kampfar today.Djevelmakt was written in the first half of 2013, with the band doing a single live appearance at France's Hellfest, and then recorded partly in the band's new home town Bergen and partly in Pärlby, Sweden. This time the band chose to work with Jonas Kjellgren, who also helped engineer Mare, with Peter Tägtgren being tasked with the mix. The setup that worked so brilliantly on Mare allowed the band to walk in and record in the most relaxed manner, allowing for a production that is as focused as before, although rougher and possibly even heavier than what we have heard from them before.For the first time in Kampfar’ s history they have chosen to acquire pre-existing art for the design of the album. The album cover itself is a 1981 oil painting by Polish artist Zdzisław Beksiński, and the remaining design incorporates a second Beksiński painting, as well as a painting by English painter John Charles Dollman. The works of art, selected by the band before recording the album, helped influence the direction of the sound as well as the lyrics, while also functioning as a guide to the listener, with the lyrics mostly being written in Norwegian.Djevelmakt proves that 20 years of existence does not dull the blade, but grinds it into a sharpness more scything than ever before.

Album:

Profan is the newest album from heavyweights KAMPFAR, who prove with this latest release that there is still a lot of life in the Norse Black Metal, with a new video and some incredible tracks.Kicking off with Gloria Ablaze, this is very much a road down into the depths of disjointed, warped tones. The vocals are grimy and gritty, angry and vexed. The music itself if classically KAMPFAR-melodic, and gradually growing in intensity. It’s a wonderful opening track, drawing on your dread and dragging out a strange pleasure from the doom and melody.Profanum is deeply effecting. Tonally, it includes some great riffs while the vocals churn over belting drums. Heads will roll to this track, and thrashing is inevitable. It’s a very well mixed track, as through the chords there are some subtle moments, slower riffs where the dread and the melody really has time to build. The drums intensify as the double bass comes in, and the whole arrangement is just wonderfully evocative. Icons is yet again, another hugely accomplished track. It’s wonderful to see a band such as KAMPFAR still triumphing in their music, in the depths and shifts of tone after so long. It’s heavy, technically blasting and energetically draining, the heart and fury of this track once again comes from the collective combinations of great vocals and powerful playing. Much can be said from the whole of the album, in fact. The final climax of this track is sublime- full on and explosive, leaving you hanging on the edge of the final lingering note.With no time to recover, Skavank pounds into existence, dark and brooding. It’s mammoth in its weight and unyielding in its onslaught of pure shredding. This is a truly blow your mind intro with a huge payoff in the way of lyrics and well-crafted tone of the track. Lyrically this album follows the same roots as previous albums, with more KAMPFAR’s signature influences.If you want to lose yourself in a track, Diamon is the one to go for. Currently the first track in twenty one years to be released with a video, it’s definitely one to check out, as it encompasses the melancholy, chilling and all round creepy nature of the track. It’s unsettling, in the best way. The vocals are ancient in tone, and in terms of musicianship, it’s a hugely accomplished track, swaying between tortured and powerful. The might and despair of this song, coupled with the blissfully primordial feel make this a stand out track. Expect to be re-listening to this one for the duration. It’s sublime.The next song is more powerful playing and emotive vocals, Pole in the Ground will very much have you off your feet. It’s such an intense album, the energy of this track in particular evokes it’s listener to loose themselves to frenzy and wild enjoyment. The intensity of the track has your guts clenched by this point, with such fantastic riffs that truly encompass the splendour of the band’s sound. The mid track break down is intense, dark and engraves itself in your soul, while the final push into the end of the song brings great satisfaction. This is a master track in terms of how to do Norse Black Metal right. There is the lingering, beautifully disturbing ending that leads into the final track Tornekratt. The mix for this album is very well put together, as there couldn’t be a better song to finish on. Memorable, but perhaps not as intense as other parts of the album, this lingering effectiveness will be apparent should this one be played at live shows- the thoughts of hordes of fans shouting along to this puts hairs on end.After so many released, and such a long standing career, KAMPFAR proves once again that they are on form and ready to expel more huge tunes and even bigger riffs. The vocals are completely on form, the whole band ousting in their individual performances. That, and the fact that the band have released a fantastic video proves that KAMPFAR are still a band to be reckoned with.

Line Up:

Dolk - Drums (1994-2003), Vocals (1994-present) - See also: Mock, ex-Gruesome
Jon Bakker - Bass (2003-present) - See also: Fester, ex-Balvaz, ex-Carpathian Full Moon, ex-Gruesome, ex-Necro-Sentient Mortis Feed, ex-Braindead, ex-Cremator, ex-Pendulum
Ole Hartvigsen - Guitars (2011-present) - See also: Emancer, Mistur, ex-Utumno
Ask - Drums (2003-present), Vocals (2003-present) - See also: Hades Almighty, Kraków, ex-Antaios, ex-Dimension F3H, ex-Graven Image, ex-Mondvolland

Tracklist:

01. Gloria Ablaze 04:31
02. Profanum 05:35
03. Icons 05:01
04. Skavank 07:35
05. Daimon 05:54
06. Pole in the Ground 06:29
07. Tornekratt 05:05

+ Video "Daimon (Official Video)" (Official Video)

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