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Ofid­i­ans Man­i­fes


Pa­gan-minded black met­allers cast a wide sonic net

Kampfar have been forg­ing their Pa­gan-driven brand of Nor­we­gian black metal for 25 years and this eighth ef­fort is as dy­namic as it is fe­ro­cious. A bar­rage of blast­beats and de­monic shrieks from front­man

Dolk breathe the record into life on opener Syn­de­fall and Kampfar demon­strate their ver­sa­til­ity as the al­bum pro­gresses. The slow, crawl­ing husk of Do­min­ions is a real treat, and the guest vo­cals from Djerv’s Agnete Kjøl­srud heighten the ethe­real at­mos­phere. Natt en­cap­su­lates their Pa­gan bear­ing as chant­ing vo­cals soar above a de­light­ful fu­sion of hooky riffs and pow­er­ful drum­ming. A strong and dom­i­nant dis­play from a pre­mier out­fit in Norway’s black metal scene. ■■■■■■■■■■

FOR FANS OF: Taake, Moon­sor­row, Tsjuder band haven’t for­got­ten their roots, while the ti­tle track is relentless in its ra­zor-sharp riff­ing. But now there’s an un­der­ly­ing sense of melody and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion that pushes their fourth al­bum be­yond the con­straints of black­ened thrash. Walls’ sweep­ing riffs sounds akin to modern-era Tribu­la­tion and Light Dies Last is a sprawl­ing yet epic fi­nal bout as twin guitar har­monies reign supreme. ■■■■■■■■■■

FOR FANS OF: Tribu­la­tion, De­saster, Deströyer 666

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