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New on the Metal Stream: Kampfar – Djevelmakt


Origin: NorwayCover

Genre: Black Metal

Released: January 27th, 2014 on Indie Recordings

Pagan black metal band Kampfar is back with their sixth full-length album, and as such it marks 20 years as a band for the Norwegians.

In Djevelmakt, the music is a pagan, progressive style of black metal. Think of a cross between Taake, Enslaved, and Windir. But, really no two songs are quite the same on this album. While they all have ample levels of aggression, they vary in pace. Tracks like Kujon thunder along at a brisk tempo while a track such as Swarm Norvecigus is slower and more ominous in approach.

All in all, this is a high quality release, which for Kampfar, is business as usual

RIYL: Primordial, Windir, Enslaved, Taake

Recommended Tracks:

1. Mylder

2. Kujon

4. Swarm Norvegicus

6. De Dødes Fane

7. Svarte Sjelers Salme

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Dolk (Per-Joar Spydevold) – Vocals

Ole Hartvigsen – Guitars

Jon-Fredrik Bakker – Bass

Ask Ty Ulvhedin Bergli Arctander – Drums, Vocals

Lili Kendall – Beginnings


Review Written By: SLW

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You would never know Lili Kendall was only 16 years of age if you listened to this album. At the age of 16, Kendall’s vocals are full of the soul and experience one would expect from an artist much older than she. She’s definitely an up and coming artist that will not quickly be forgotten, not to mention she wrote the tracks on the EP in collaboration with her producer, Jeffrey Joslin. Although this EP was released in early 2013, Kendall’s music career is already on the rise as she released her album “Move” in October 2013. This EP, produced in Australia, features a majority of guitar and piano mixed tracks which only seem to compliment Kendall’s voice even more. Like I said, you’d never know this artist was only 16!

 

Recommended Tracks: “Silent War” and “War Torn Ship”

RIYL: Birdy, ZZ Ward, Adele

Kristy Hanson – Piece of Your Heart


 

Review Written By: SLW

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Having already released four previous albums, Kristy Hanson is no stranger to the music scene. Raised in Florida for most of her life, Hanson started taking voice lessons at the age of twelve, it was around this time that she also began playing the acoustic guitar. From there she began to play at local coffee houses and bookstores. Hanson now resides in L.A. where this latest EP was produced. Her current EP “Piece of Your Heart” features an electric retro pop twist as well as the layering of Hanson’s voice in the majority of the tracks. Hanson’s smooth vocal stylings alone will make your ears very happy ears. Most of the tracks feature a strong guitar and piano mix, but tracks like “Let Yourself Go” feature a standout, strong bass progression that will have you nodding along with the track. Although this EP was released in November 2013, I recommend giving it a try if you haven’t already.

Recommended Tracks: “Stay” and “Piece of Your Heart”

RIYL: ZZ Ward, Dead Sara

 

Wild Adriatic – Big Suspicious


Review Written By: SLW

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 Wild Adriatic is a trio of friends from Saratoga Springs, NY. Their album “Big Suspicious” was released on January 21, 2014 and boy does this album pack a punch. Falling under the Rock genre, this album is much more than meets the eye. According to the group, their hope for the album was to recreate the sounds of artists popular in the 70’s which is evident in the album. The album itself is filled with classic guitar riffs and drum beats of Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. These sounds mixed with strong vocals of lead singer Travis Gray make for one very outstanding album. I’d be surprised if you could find one track to enjoy on this album as this album will leave you wanting more from this group. This up and coming band is definitely someone to pay attention to.

Recommended Tracks: “Woe” and “Mess Around”

RIYL: The Black Keys, Anarbor