Norway's Kampfar have returned with a new album that continues the pagan and viking black metal sound that they are very well known for and this is a review of their 2015 album "Profan" which will be released in November by Indie Recordings.
Distorted sounds and grim black metal screams start off the album before getting more high pitched and also going into a very fast and raw musical direction that also utilizes a great amount of blast beats along with with the vocals getting very hateful at times and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the riffs also bring in a great amount of melodies at times and the vocals also have a melodic touch to them in certain sections of the recording bring in a rough style of clean singing and the solos and leads that are brought onto the album remain true to a Norwegian style of black metal.
Violins and classic music elements can be heard briefly before making a return back to a more raw style of black metal and the melodic chants also gives the songs more of a pagan feeling when they are brought onto the recording and when synths are added into the music for a few seconds they bring in more atmospheric elements and a couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Kampfar creates another album that remains true to a raw style of Norwegian black metal while still having a bit of their pagan roots in them as well as getting more aggressive with edge unlike the other veteran bands of their homeland, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in a mixture of Norwegian and English and cover Norse Paganism, History Anti Religion and Society themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Kampfar and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Profanum" "Daimon" and "Tornekraft". 8 out of 10.