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'Survival Of The Fittest'
(Noise Art Records)
Release Date: August 24th 2012

Ivan David

ivan david

lykaion nothin but death

Hailing from Italy, Krampus enter the Metal world with their first work aptly titled 'Survival Of The Fittest'. After reading the album's title and listening to the actual music you see that both the organic beauty and agressive ruthlessness of nature are well represented here.

In terms of the actual elements comprising the music, I hear riffs that could be associated with a melodic death Metal sound, some power Metal elements and yes... lots of melody througout this album!

Riffs are embellished with traditional folk instruments that really drive the band's sound towards the more melodic domains of music, with very upbeat and catchy lines that capture your imagination and paint a picture of tradition and folklore in your mind. The screaming vocals contribute to the aggression and help a lot in keeping the Metal vibe.

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Folk elements in general tend to generate a vintage or ancient feel, but Krampus present these aspects using a crystal clear production and mix things with more current elements like modern synth sounds and sequences. At first I noticed a constant fight between the 'ancient' sonic elements and the newer 'modern' sounds.

By the end of 'Beast Within' you would think that every aspect of Krampus' music has been presented to you, but then the third track 'Unspoken' kicks in and you are introduced to some clean vocals that really reflect a sound more common to newer Metal bands, especially in the way the kind of hooks they use, so the contrast with the folk soundscapes and ancient feel becomes really strong.

Krampus makes it work well. The marriage of opposites that I found a little disconcerting at first became a quality that demanded my attention later on, and I found myself revisiting their melodies and riffs in my head very often after listening to the record. Sections that combine the 'old' with the 'new' are really well arranged and the modern sound blends nicely with the traditional/ancient vibe.

My only concern is whether Krampus' music is the result of spontaneus songwriting or something a bit more formulaic. I liked the record and would also like to see how their sound and songwriting develops. Are Krampus fit for survival and a long lasting life in the Metal world? The band is certainly appealing and I can see them becoming really popular.

Check them out and enjoy a very interesting view on folk Metal.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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