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HARDWARES

KAMPFAR

Djevelmakt

(Indie Music)

Reviewed by : Jason Deaville
Rating : 6.5

Let me start off by saying that I don't dislike melodic black metal. I was there when AGALLOCH swept the MBM world by storm. I stalked in the shadows of could-have-been/should-have-been melodic black metal pioneers VINTERLAND and their clandestine début album, Welcome My Last Chapter (until they fell off the face of the Earth). I followed Viking melody makers HELHEIM as they criss-crossed the frostbitten Nordic landscape bringing their message of melodic black metal to the inquistive minds of elementary school kids everywhere. So, what could have possibly happened to such an exciting and burgeoning art? Ideas, that's what happened; a lack of ideas, to be exact. Enter the flute. Yes, the flute. Sure, I can appreciate the skill that goes into flauting (sp?) as much as the next guy; but, not necessarily in the context of such melancholic, foreboding, extreme-ish music. Maybe I'm the only one, but, whenever I hear a flute, I instinctively look to the sky where, lo and behold, I usually see a thousand angels playing a thousand flutes, whilst the gates to heaven shine brighter than a thousand suns. When I find myself strolling through a meadow of summer blossoms (which is often) I'm serenaded by a thousand butterflies playing a thousand flutes... it's just what happens when partaking in the more jubilant, blissful activities which this life has to offer - and, not ashamedly, I quite like it; it works in the context. Now, imagine, if you will, walking through a forest at night, in the dead of winter. Overhead is the full moon, casting eerie, spectral shadows of the surrounding trees onto the snow covered forest floor. Wandering deeper into the forest, you hear the cry of an anguished owl; even further is the howl of a lone wolf. With this picture painted, imagine that there were a few dudes following behind you the entire time whistling away on their damn flutes. Yeah, well, this is the new Kampfar album, entitlted Djevelmakt (which translates to 'Devil Power'). The moral of the story: melodic black metal should never sound too optimistic; it just creates a perturbation in dynamics - a tension-soaked irritability that would even piss-off the likes of world renowned pan-flautist, Zamfir. Perhaps I'm being a little unfair, as Djevelmakt has enough of that 'Devil Power' to appeal to the darkest hearts amongst you. I just ask, please, black metal, lose the friggin flutes. Anyway, back to the new, flute-less, BEHEMOTH album I go.



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