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Keep Of Kalessin: Epistemology

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!

Track listing
1. Cosmic Revelation (Intro)
2. The Spiritual Relief
3. Dark Divinity
4. The Grand Design
5. Necropolis
6. Universal Core
7. Introspection
8. Epistemology

Added: March 27th 2015
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
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