19:34 - Lethrokai Most of my music listening days seem to be lost to the world outside of metal lately, funnily enough. There's just too much out there...
19:28 - Joe Zombie Here's a treat [link] Good stuff if you ask me, among the plethora of similar bands these days.
19:18 - flightoficarus It is nice to take a break from metal when something cool pops up. I just have been finding fewer and fewer releases from other genres that pique my interest. Probably need to dig deeper.
19:07 - Lethrokai Been losing myself to the Fishmans again: [link] (Phenominal Dream Pop, for those who don't know)
18:18 - flightoficarus Maybe just the slightest hint of Enslaved in the heavier parts
18:16 - flightoficarus Some prog metal. Riffs remind me of Mastodon, but the vocals are different [link]
Early last year Djevelmakt hammered its way out of hell and into many folks' eager eardrums, demonstrating a certain fortitude and a staying power that has withstood the test of time not as a grand testament to jaw-dropping originality, but as a killer album with obvious intentions. No matter the number of spins, the sound simply refuses to wear thin. Revisitation is easy and always reaps melodic rewards as Kampfar's latest effort never falls, never fails and never falters. Consistency is key.
The black metal influence is strong and makes this the darkest, most evil-sounding extreme folk album I have heard from 2014. The vocals are grim and harsh, the guitars utilizing the usual tremolo patterns reminiscent of flames forcing their way through from hell. The more atmospheric moments with subtle choirs and the like are particularly nice. I like it, and I like this album, but the lack of much new happening keeps it from rising the ranks in a meaningful way. Still, it is one of the better releases from the genre this past year and definitely worth a listen. I may even come back to this one again, which is more than I can say for a lot of the 2014 contenders. Enjoyability=8, Musicianship=7, Innovation=5.