JUSTIN’S METAL REVIEWS W/C 29/9/08
KAMPFAR / HEIMGNAG
For those who don’t know Kampfar are a Norwegian Pagan Black Metal band, their music is dark, brooding and oppressive, just how good Norwegian Black Metal should be.
The bands sound is lifted above the norm because of the Folk roots that are prevalent thought-out this fine CD, this comes out musically in the style of the rhythm guitar licks and as all the songs are about Norse mythology and legends it adds a firm note of authenticity. The fact that nearly all the songs are sung in their native tongue does not distract from how good they are, the track “Ventro” is an instrumental with a nice keyboard touches in it before Blackness ensues with “Inferno”, “Dodems Vee” has a very fine Folk inspired guitar riff that really does set the band apart form the competition and has a very quirky off beat rhythm, the darkness ensues with “Skogens Dyp” and “Vansinn” and doesn’t let up until the slower, haunting melodies of “Vendring” have subsided.
If you are serious about your Extreme Metal and like bands like Immortal, and Mayhem then this is a good album that will reward you with listening pleasure, you can guarantee I will be playing tracks off this on my HFM show.
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 47 mins + 10 TRACKS
TRIVIUM / SHOGUN
Trivium continue their world domination with the 4th album “Shogun” and like the warrior it’s named after the album is merciless in its attack and takes no prisoners.
The band start as they mean to go with the first download track “Krisute And Gomen” full of angst and melody, this is Metalcore at its best and this is only the first track, “Down From The Sky” and “Into The Mouth Of Hell” are just as hard but just as good but you know this already. The opening harmony guitar riffs of “Throes Of Perdition” are Trivium at their utmost best and “Insurrection”, Like Callisto To A Star In Heaven” and “The Calamity” are just as good. The title track “Shogun” is a real epic in both terms of length, 11 minutes plus as well as giving the band a chance to show off their musical prowess and is full of twists and turn with more dynamics than you could wish for.
If you haven’t taken much notice of Trivium before you will find them hard to ignore after this album, the band have even been given the credit for inspiring Metallica to get their act together and come up with the goods, a better recommendation than that you cant get, this album is totally essential.
TOTAL PLAYING TIEM – 66 mins + 11 BLISTERING TRACKS