Well I’m finally on my “week” off work, only three days late. It’s been a hectic few days at work and at home, but now Hammerfest is insight. I haven’t had time to dedicate to writing about music over the last few days, but after browsing early morning TV I decided to put the remote control down and have a peruse of some of this weekends festival bands via YouTube. 

One of Saturday’s bands that I’m not familiar with, but one of our travelling party needs to experience is Norwegian black metal band Kampfar, and those five words are all I know about the outfit. So from the annals of Wikipedia…

They formed twenty three years ago in Fredrikstad. Like many of the Scandinavian bands they are heavily inspired and influenced by native mythology and folklore. There was a hiatus within their two decades, but they returned and in 2015 won a Spellemannprisen award for services to metal after the release of their latest album Profan (where Tornekratt rounds off the release.) The recognition is comparable to receiving a Grammy award if they were presented in Norway. 

After listening to a few of what appear to be more modern tracks they aren’t one of the shrieking black metal bands that I can’t stand. I’m getting more of a Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir or Satyricon vibe. 

For some reason I had ideas of them being more war inspired like Marduk as I imagined the name to have some World War II connotation.  It might have reminded me of a combat formation from the Luftwaffe, Kampfgruppe. Apparently though it’s a ancient Norse battle cry to Odin. 

On Saturday they clash with Beyond the Black who I’m also unfamiliar with, so I can check out the Norwegians and if I’m not getting it I can stroll across the pathway and experience another new band – one of the best things you can do at a multiple stage festival.