KRAMPUS – When it comes to Folk Metal, the European vibe and feel is an unavoidable experience for me. Italy’s Krampus takes their very own beauty and the beast style with Melodic Death Folk Metal and serves it up in a manner so splendid and Extreme, that it’s downright irresistable to my Metal senses. Whoever says woodwinds are not Metal must be taken for a long walk behind the abandoned tool shed and be given to the wolves. The flute may lend beauty to the Folk Metal that Krampus plays, only it serves as a more important and sturdy foundation to this unique sound that swirls about freely amidst the beast, which I’ll also call: the heaviness.
While I listen to Krampus, I often times cannot believe I’m hearing such a marriage of musical instruments come together so astonishingly and simultaneously melodic and brutal. Krampus brings their brand of Melodic Death Folk Metal to a level of credibility that is overwhelmingly convincing. If a three song EP is going to capture anyone’s attention, it must deliver from every musical angle. Kronos’ Heritage does deliver continuously in a melodic approach while Extreme Death Metal vocals are a dominant factor. A compelling element about the style of Krampus, is the vocals never bury the music and vice versa.
While the flute keeps time with the accelerated beats of the rhythm section as the guitar riffs are being fired about, Krampus plays Metal at break-neck speed. All this is while any tempo shifts and time changes that occur, seem to do so with a fluidity that seamlessly fools the consciousness. Krampus is so worth checking out if you haven’t done so already. This is a band that is playing some very real and extraordinary Metal. Krampus embellishes their songs with amazing balance, with their skillful musical respect towards both melody and extremity. That commands my upmost Metal respect.
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LONG LIVE KRAMPUS.