Kampfar – Profan (2015)

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Author: Jan Jakobsen

Artist: Kampfar

Album: Profan

Label: Indie Recordings

 

Earlier this year I saw Kampfar at a small festival called Transistor in the tiny town of in the midst of Norway’s woods. There could not have been more than 70 people in the room, but what an impression and what a performance that was. The gratitude and energy shown by the band members was fantastic and they showed a genuine appreciation for each and every person that showed up by performing as if it was gig at a major open-air festival. Continue reading

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Heimdalls Wacht – Ut De Grute Olle Tied (Deel Twee) – Land Der Nebel

Author: Crono

Artist: Heimdalls Wacht

Album: Ut De Graute Olle Tied (Deel Twee) – Land Der Nebel

Label: Heidens Hart Records

 

Heimdalls Wacht is a pagan black metal band from Germany that has been around for many years, with sixth full length releases and a few other smaller releases. I haven’t had the chance to look too far back into the catalogue, so I have no clue how this album compares to their other material. To get right to the point, this album is amazing! Continue reading

Sivyj Yar – Burial Shrouds (2015)

Author: Crono

Artist: Сивый Яр (Sivyj Yar)

Album: Поминальные холсты (Burial Shrouds)

Label: Avantgarde Music

 

There is something very unique about how Sivyj Yar approaches black metal. Just listen to the first song off this album and you will know what I mean. There is simple happiness to that lead guitar riff. It just doesn’t make sense. The vocals are howling and tortured, the music is clearly black metal, but those riffs just sound so positive. This is, surprisingly, the fifth album from Russian one-man black metal outfit Сивый Яр, better known as Sivyj Yar to non-Russian speakers. Continue reading