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Kampfar reveal the title and cover art for new album ‘Profan’

Posted in News, Studio Report with tags , on 22nd October 2015 by izaforestspirit

It’s only been a year since their previous opus ‘Djevelmakt’ hit the shops and the Norwegian pagan metal band Kampfar have already finished working on the follow up. Their new album will be entitled ‘Profan’ and it is scheduled to be released on 13th November 2015 via Indie Recordings. Here is the cover:

The band has also released one new song ‘Icons’ on their Soundcloud page. You can listen to it here:

For more information check out:

Iza’s Highlights of 2014 (part 1: Metal)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on 30th December 2014 by izaforestspirit

It’s been an eventful year for alternative music. Not only were there lots of great new albums and shows but also some old bands like At The Gates coming back after a long break. For this year’s summary I’ve decided to focus on the albums that caught my attention:

Best Metal albums

1. Behemoth – The Satanist
Genre: Blackened Death Metal

This is without doubt my favourite release of 2014 and the metal album which I’ve listened to the most this year. I simply can’t get enough it. It’s been five years since ‘Evangelion’ but it was definitely worth the wait. ‘The Satanist’ is multi-faceted and very complex as an album but that’s why I like it so much. It combines the brutality old Behemoth with the atmosphere and the “epic” feel of their newer work. Best tracks: ‘Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel’, ‘Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer’ and ‘O Father O Satan O Sun’.

2. Vader – Tibi et Igni
Genre: Death Metal

The Polish death metal titans are back. I’ve been a fan of their music for over a decade. While I enjoyed their previous effort ‘Welcome to the Morbid Reich’ it’s no much for this. In my opinion ‘Tibi et Igni’ is their best album after my all time favourite ‘ Black To The Blind’. If you’re a Vader like me then you probably know what to expect: aggressive and brutal death metal with thrash metal guitar mixed in. Best tracks: ”Go To Hell’, Hexenkessel’, ‘Triumph of Death’.

3. Kampfar – Djevelmakt
Genre: Pagan Black Metal

It’s been twenty years since Kampfar was formed and there’s no better way to celebrate the anniversary than with a new album. And what an album it is! ‘Djevelmakt’ is every bit as haunting and atmospheric as its predecessor ‘Mare’. Best tracks: ‘Mylder’ , ‘Swarm Norvegicus’, ‘Our Hounds, Our Legion’.

4. Sabaton – Heroes
Genre: Power Metal

Sabaton is one of the very few power metal bands I listen to. ‘Heroes’ might be a follow up to ‘Carolus Rex’ but it is very different both in terms of the themes and the overall structure. Here each song tells a story, of an individual or small group whose actions left their mark on history. Best tracks: ‘Nightwitches’, ‘To Hell and Back’ and ‘Resist and Bite’.

5. At The Gates – At War Reality
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

It’s been a while…These guys haven’t released an album since ‘Slaughter of the Soul’ back in 1995. What ever their reasons were for such a long break, I’m just glad that they’re back. The new album ‘At War With Reality’ combines the older style with their more experimental phase ‘Slaughter of the Soul’. Best tracks ‘Heroes and Tombs’ and ‘The Night Eternal’.

6. Metsatöll – Karjajuht
Genre: Folk Metal

The Estonian wolf-pack have returned. Like it’s predecessor ‘Ulg’, this album follows their tried and tested formula of catchy heavy metal with traditional Estonian folk instruments. Best tracks: ‘Külmking’ and ‘Lööme mesti’ (featuring Jonne Järvelä from Korpiklaani).

7. Vallenfyre – Splinters
Genre: Death/ Doom Metal

This band first got my attention due to the impressive line-up; it features members of both Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride as well as Adrian Erlandsson on drums. In many ways it reminds me of old Entombed, Celtic Frost as well as as the early works of Paradise Lost. Best tracks: ‘Bereft’ and ‘Splinters’.

Stay tuned for part 2: Industrial edition coming soon.

Kampfar – Djevelmakt

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on 4th May 2014 by izaforestspirit

Released 27th 2014
Pagan Black Metal
Released via Indie Recordings

‘Djevelmakt’ is the new album from the Norwegian pagan black metal band Kampfar. It is the long- awaited follow up to their 2011 release ‘Mare’. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the formation of the band.

After a haunting and atmospheric piano intro, the opening track Mylder paves a path of nightmarish visions enhanced by the anguishing cries of “Helvete!!” piercing their way through the listener’s eardrums. The aforementioned cries of “Helvete” tend to linger in your head long after the song has finished. Amidst the chaos an eerie, flute-like synth creates an illusion of tranquility and filters through all the way to the end of the song. Blod, Eder og Galle has a faster pace and a much more aggressive tone with the chorus sounding more like a collection of battle cries and shrieks. Even the guitar riffs have a harsh, abrasive feel to them.

Another track which caught my attention is the ultra creepy Swarm Norvegicus which in many ways feels like a continuation of ‘Mare’ both in terms of lyrical themes and overall atmosphere. It features a deceptively slow start; the orchestrated keyboard intro is quickly followed by a monotone doom metal -like guitar riff followed by singer Dolk’s shrieks of gloom and despair. Even when the guitars pick up the pace, switching to a more “rocking” style, the haunting shrieks persist maintaining the creepy atmosphere of the song. Then there’s De Dødes Fane which shows some variation in the traditional Kampfar sound, with the singer experimenting other vocal styles in addition to his usual shrieks and screams. It’s also one of the few tracks where the synth sound enters the spotlight and carries on throughout the song rather than being just a hint of melody in an intro.

Finally album finishes with Our hounds, our legion. It starts off with yet another deceptively slow intro with an acoustic guitar, which slowly gives in to more harsh guitar riffage and cries of doom. In some way it feels like part 2 of Swarm Norvegicus due to the numerous similarities between the two tracks such as a reference to the moon and the former announcing the apocalypse whilst the latter marking the beginning of a new era with legions “of nightcrawlers” taking over. It features the same harrowing atmosphere as its predecessors which makes it a suitable conclusion to this chapter in Kampfar’s history.

Overall, ‘Djevelmakt’ is a logical successor of ‘Mare’ in the sense that it basically picks up from where previous album left off. For once you can actually judge album by its cover-art, for this Kampfar devil is every bit as nightmarish and surreal as the painting you see before you.


Iza Raittila

New Kampfar album available for streaming

Posted in Misc., News with tags , on 23rd January 2014 by izaforestspirit

Can’t wait until the official release date to hear Kampfar‘s new Djevelmakt album? Well, have no fear. The band have made the full album available for streaming online for a limited period only. Check it out here:

Djevelmakt will be out next week, January 27th 2014 via Indie Recordings.

Iza’s Highlights of 2013

Posted in Live, Misc. with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 30th December 2013 by izaforestspirit

It’s been one hell of a busy year in the world of alternative music. Lots of great new releases, memorable shows and festivals. I’ve decided to write a short summary of some of the highlights of 2013. Here are some of the albums that caught my attention this year:

1. Chthonic – Bú Tik
Genre: Melodic Black Metal/ Oriental Metal

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This is easily my favourite metal album of 2013. ‘Bú Tik’ brings together the aggression of black and death metal with the melodic oriental sounds of the erhu for that unique mix that only Chthonic are renowned for. The results of this combination are both complex and beautiful in their design. Best tracks: ‘Supreme Pain For a Tyrant’, ‘Sail into The Sunset’s Fire’ and Defenders of Bú Tik Palace’.

2. Suicide Commando – When Evil Speaks
Genre: Industrial/ Aggrotech/ Harsh Electro

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I’ve been a fan of Suicide Commando for a number of years now. ‘When Evil Speaks’ is the long-awaited follow-up to ‘Implements of Hell’. Based around the overall subject of hate and evil in today’s society; the album features dark and sinister lyrical themes, old-school EBM tunes and Aggrotech dance-floor hits. Best tracks: ‘My Blasphemy’, ‘Unterwelt’ and ‘Monster’.

3. Children of Bodom – Halo of Blood
Genre: Melodic Death/Power Metal

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I’ve been of a fan of this band since my early teens, so of course I jumped at the opportunity to review their latest album. Aside from the odd surprise such as the ballad ‘Dead Man’s Hand On You’, ‘Halo of Blood’ features the signature Bodom sound and is without a shadow of doubt their strongest release in years. Best tracks: ‘Transference’ , ‘Bodom Blue Moon’ and ‘Dead Man’s Hand On You’.

4. Psyclon Nine – [Order of the Shadow : Act I]
Genre: Aggrotech/ Industrial Metal

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This band is not an easy one to categorise into a specific genre. Some industrial and EBM fans dismiss their style by saying that their black metal influences are too strong to earn them a place in the industrial scene. Not that I give a damn since that’s precisely why I like them. ‘Order of The Shadow…” is their harshest and most aggressive release to date. After 10 tracks of intense, adrenaline fueled, blackened industrial, I was shocked to hear the sombre ballads at the end. Best tracks: ‘Shadows Unveiled’ , ‘Use Once and Destroy’ and ‘The Saint and The Valentine’.

5. Agathodaimon – In Darkness
Genre: Melodic Black Metal/ Symphonic Black Metal

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This album marks a departure from the gothic metal days of its predecessor ‘Phoenix’ and a return their older, melodic black metal sound depicted in earlier releases such as ‘Chapter III’ and ‘Higher Art of Rebellion’. Whilst not quite reaching the greatness of ‘Chapter III’ (an album which holds a special place in my heart); ‘In Darkness’ is definitely a step in the right direction, offering a mixture of agression and melancholic melodies. Best tracks: ‘In Darkness (We Shall be Reborn), ‘I’ve Risen’ and ‘Favourite Sin’.

Best Live Shows of 2013

1. Sabaton live at Sauna Open Air, Tampere, Finland.

2. Children of Bodom live at Sauna Open Air, Tampere, Finland.

3. Chthonic live at Klubi, Tampere, Finland.

4. Suicide Commando live in London, the U.K.

5. Heimataerde live at KOMA festival, Oslo, Norway.

Best New Discovery of 2013: ErilaZ
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This Finnish band caught my attention during their performance at this year’s Lumous festival in Tampere, Finland. What do they sound like? Imagine a mixture of Fear Factory, Front Line Assembly with the combined lyrical themes of Amon Amarth. Impossible, you say? Go on, I dare you to give them a try!

To finish off I’d like to list some of the releases that I’m looking forward to in 2014:

Most Anticipated Albums of 2014:

1. Behemoth – The Satanist
Genre: Blackened Death Metal
Release Date: 3rd February 2014

2. Vader – TIBI ET IGNI “For You (and only You) and Fire
Genre: Death Metal
Release Date: Spring 2014

3. Kampfar – Djevelmakt
Genre: Pagan Black Metal

Release Date: 27th January, 2014

4. Combichrist – We Love You
Genre: Industrial/ Aggrotech
Release Date: 15th March 2014

5. Nachtmahr – Feindbild
Genre: Industrial/ Aggrotech
Release Date: 14th February 2014

That’s all for now. Happy New Year!

Kampfar announce European tour dates for 2014

Posted in Misc., News with tags , on 20th December 2013 by izaforestspirit

Norwegian pagan black metallers Kampfar have just announced that they will be touring Europe in March and April 2014. Joining them on their Spreading the Plague MMXIV tour will be: the Polish death metal band Hate, American avant-garde metallers Velnias and their label mates, Norwegian melodic black metal band Iskald.

The tour dates will be as follows:
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Kampfar’s new album ‘Djevelmakt’ is scheduled for release on January 27th 2014 via Indie Recordings.

New Kampfar album out in 2014

Posted in News, Studio Report with tags , on 23rd November 2013 by izaforestspirit

Norwegian pagan black metallers Kampfar have announced that their new album will be entitled DJEVELMAKT. The long-awaited follow-up to ‘Mare’ will be released on January 27th 2014 via Indie Recordings.

Check out the track list and cover-art here:

1. Mylder
2. Kujon
3. Blod, Eder og Galle
4. Swarm Norvegicus
5. Fortapelse
6. De Dødes Fane
7. Svarte Sjelers Salme
8. Our Hounds, Our Legion
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