A new reign
has come in Norwegian black metal. Several bands are celebrating their 20 year
anniversary this year, bands that have put their more or less distinctive marks
on black metal. While Emperor left the scene as
a band several years ago, a new wave of creating craft has browsed over the East
of the country, with Kampfar as one of the main flag bearers of
Djevelmakt sounds little like the Kampfar
I've followed all along. Fans will know that Kampfar have
their own style but that it has never been uniform. Their unique riffs are not
completely gone, and you can still discern their folk inspired melodies, built
around their scales of choice. The rest is mightier than ever, incredibly
well-mixed, giving justice to the work the band has put into their music for so
Maybe it is now, through Djevelmakt, that we can get
what Kampfar always has been about: dense music filled with
layers and layers of foggy riffs, clear folk melodies and drums that thunder
through the cold landscapes of Norway.
Kampfar played a more than convincing gig at Hellfest last
year. I'd recommend their fellow Norwegian metallists to open the eyes for this
band that is working hard to save the honour of the country's legendary metal
With Djevelmakt, Kampfar lift
themselves doubly above previous achievements.
A saga to be followed, through the same endless chapter, hopefully.