His style has always meant a great deal to the Kampfar sound but whenever Dolk kicked his vocals into high gear it became impossible to compete. Drinking from the same pagan and Viking well from which many others reside are Kampfar, a bunch of scraggly Norwegians here celebrating the release of their 4th album “Heimgang” despite a formation back in black metal’s heyday of I have no idea if the swoosh is caused by a manufacturing error on my promo, or if it is an intended gimmick for the song. There were only two possibilities I could think of: Grimulfr , November 13th, The production, courtesy of Rune Jorgenson, is dry and basic, with no overt theatricality or tricksiness, just a simple, stark presentation of the no-nonsense instrumentation. Pop this disk in and it takes only about twenty seconds to suspect it is Kampfar and less than a minute to be sure it could be no one else.
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The singing herein is like the growled version of a folksong. Originally written for Rockfreaks. But I am sure the lyrics are actually much more intense and far-reaching than just kapmfar general subjects.
After a decade of listening both the black and folk aspects are held in equal stature by me so I wish Dolk had not toned down the vocals for Heimgang, not toned down, less diverse.
Drinking from the same pagan and Viking well from which many others reside are Kampfar, a bunch of scraggly Norwegians here celebrating the release of their 4th album “Heimgang” despite a formation back in black metal’s heyday of heimganng Some bands have to try harder to impress fans, with Kampfar whatever they touch turns to gold. As some kind of conclusion, “Heimgang” no doubt files under the ‘raw black metal’ header but comes highly recommended to heimganh curious about the genre and is often put off by the pretentious posing and Satanic slant of most.
TwilightheartApril 7th, Written based on this version: Despite a tag of BM, the distinct Scandinavian folk influences and pride in “Heimgang” penetrate so deeply that, like the much-missed Windir, there remains an almost upbeat and resolute feel to tunes “Mareham” and “Antvort” that is refreshing in being a un-Satanic for a change, and b baring no elitist or kvlt pretenses, a feature which may sound comical to the outsider but is actually such an enjoyment barrier to those into extreme metal with their heads screwed on like myself that the chances of getting into such bands is severely diminished, however good the music.
GrimulfrNovember 13th, Under no circumstances could I imagine that Kampfar would be able to outperform their previous albums with this release.
Kampfar – Heimgang – Reviews – Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives
Write your own review. Although Kampfar are getting international well-known, they keep their lyrics strictly in Norwegian language, this making the purchase of the album a must for lovers of this language combined with this specific style of metal, especially as Kampfar deliver a close to nature and country attitude without drifting into hemgang stuff.
Heimgang contains ten tracks, totalling 47 minutes of playing time, with all lyrics in Norwegian. Bands alphabetical country genre Labels alphabetical country Reviews R. Incase you were wondering if that is obvious in “Heimgang”, well it’s both yes and no. There were only two possibilities I could think of: The drumming on Heimgang is particularly more varied but still retains semblance of a trance-like atmosphere paramount to most Viking metal bands.
Kampfar – Heimgang [LS]
His style has always meant a great deal to the Kampfar sound but whenever Dolk kicked his vocals into high gear it became impossible to compete. Just as on the previous album drummer Ask uses his natural and not corrected by drum computers style helmgang drumming to provide an additional kick. Originally written for http: I have no idea if the swoosh is caused by a manufacturing error kaampfar my promo, or if it is an intended gimmick for the song.
That aura is evident on every Kampfar disc and Heimgang is no exception. If you want to see behind the curtain, you have to study the lyrics, and maybe you will even find a deeper sense therein. All songs have this slightly grimy but nevertheless powerful Kampfar style which uses folkloristic elements as well. Yes because a trained ear almost ‘knows’ that anything this folk sounding in extreme metal territories is going to be the work of someone with strong pagan beliefs hell, they’re hardly going to be Christians are theyhowever the nature element is as much borne through knowledge of what Kampfar are about as well as just immersing oneself in the atmosphere such bands have chosen to foster, far away from the mainstreams of society.
Otherwise, Kampfar have once again achieved the ideal marriage for harmony and abrasiveness only with an unfamiliar approach. But most of all I have the acoustic illusion to hear a runnel, but it seems to be all caused by the guitar sound, you just have to listen carefully.
Kampfar is more about music than ambient noise and retain an ancient feel. The music unquestionably has a substantial ambience to it, far more prevalent than on their previous album Kvass. Notably absent are the clean vocals and they have even cut himgang back on the crashing of cymbals. Pop this disk in and it takes only about twenty seconds to suspect it is Kampfar and less than a minute to be sure it could be no one else.
Disparity is inscribed throughout this piece, with no two songs repeating each other.
In “Doedens Vee” there is a repeating mantra which was something people in the old days would say when they walked among the burial grounds in order to keep the dead in the ground. Whilst at times the folkish element is noticeably absent, the part being taken by a more standard darkened melodic BM caress, in “Vansinn” thoughts turn to the ultra reticent pagan-metal watchman of Falkenbach.
Of course, the band has succeeded in balancing this with their signature kmpfar metal sound. Extravagant drumming and guitar riffing demand much dexterity.