With the epic/extreme new metal album Epistemology the Norwegian
metal group Keep Of Kalessin who are now a trio after the departure of their
vocalist still remain a potent force. Band leader Obsidian C who is also the
groups guitarist has taken over the lead vocals, this dual role would be no
easy task I imagine especially when performing Keep Of Kalessin's songs
live given the demanding style. The change in vocalist also allowed for a
different approach to this part of the band's sound with less focus on dark vocals.
Keep Of Kalessin's fans were called upon to design the artwork for
Epistemology via an online competition which generated a significant
response from their enthusiastic supporters. The fans then voted to narrow
it down with the band deciding upon a winner, and the
result shows just how successful this move was by Keep Of Kalessin.
Keep Of Kalessin's extreme metal presents a culmination of styles including
thrash, death and black metal and Epistemology is actually their first album in five years and I have to say that I really don't mind Keep Of Kalessin's kind of metal at all. The atmospheric introduction "Cosmic Revelation" gives
way to the blasting drum beats of "The Spiritual Relief" that deliver a
crushing wall of sound with the effective use of their combined clean vocals
and voice overs. "Dark Divinity" has a part dose of the black metal group
Dimmu Borgir and some absorbing musicianship as the band cut back the tempo
for a period and lay down some great music. Mid paced thumper "Necropolis" is the catchiest track and the drums are on
fire for "Universal Core" which includes some seriously fast footwork when the beats per minute go off the scale.
See more about this release on our recent YouTube show!
1. Cosmic Revelation (Intro)
2. The Spiritual Relief
3. Dark Divinity
4. The Grand Design
6. Universal Core