Norway's Kampfar have returned with a new recording which continues the viking and pagan black metal style of previous releases and this is a review of their 2019 album "Ofidians Manifest" which will be released in May by Indie Recordings.
Sounds of torture start off the album before going into a heavier musical direction while the vocals are mostly grim sounding black emtal screams. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can also be heard which also gives the music more of a raw feeling.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them. Melodic vocals can also be heard in some parts of the music and the riffs also utilize a great amount of melody.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style while the music also captures the atmospheric of epic viking battles at times and a couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length, on the closing track a brief use of acoustic guitars can also be heard. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in a mixture of Norwegian and English and cover Norse Paganism, Folklore, 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 check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ophidian" "Ermitte" and "Det Sorte". 8 out of 10.