Interview with Kampfar

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Kampfar’s seventh album Profan is like a fine wine that just improves over time. Their bassist Jon Bakker gave me some insight into their world…

For those who are unfamiliar with your band – introduce yourself!

I’m Jon, the bass player of Kampfar.

Give us a bit of background to Kampfar

Kampfar came to life back in 1994. Over the years we released 7 albums via different labels. We are currently signed to Indie Recordings and our latest release, Profan, was out November last year. The last 13 years we have been a 4 piece, doing several tours in Europe and North America.

What are your influences?

We were teens in the 80s so naturally our favourite music and inspiration comes from that time. Can be everything from Heavy Metal, Thrash and early Black Metal like Kiss, Bathory, Celtic Frost, Sodom etc. Of newer times everything that makes a difference might inspire us.

What are you listening to at the moment that you would like to recommend?

There are some cool records being released nowadays. Personally I like Tribulation, Alfahanne, Mgła, Melechesh, Secrets Of The Moon and so on. I’m also into new thrash bands from Norway actually. Inculter, Reptilian and Nekromantheon rocks.

How do you feel about the Extreme Metal scene in 2016?

As I mentioned above there’s still hope for Extreme Metal. The new trend is to be different, and that may not be a bad thing. I’m pretty sick of bands trying to copy others though. It’s enough with one Abbath creature and one band like Darkthrone…

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Give us a bit of background to Profan – any particular concepts or ideas you want to discuss?

The whole idea behind Profan is to dig as far down in the filth as possible. It’s a search for hope and a journey to see if there’s anything that can save mankind. If you follow the lyrics the answer is pretty clear. There’s no hope, no hymns, no chants and no mercy. But there will be fire!

Tell us about your songwriting process?

Our process works with sharing ideas. It’s a long process for sure. One song is changed many times before everyone is satisfied. Then we meet in the rehearsal room and check the live potential.

How did the recording of the album go?

Everything went very smooth. The recording was done in different levels and places. Bergen, Pärlby/Sweden and Oslo. We’re very happy with everyone involved. Jonas and Stamos did an excellent job for us.

What’s your favourite song on the album and why?

That’s difficult. I have favourites for every mood. Daimon is a killer live song while Tornekratt have a great groove and wildness.

How do you see your sound developing in the future?

To the extreme. We will not do another Profan nor Djevelmakt. If we ever find the inspiration for a new album, we will do it. If not, who knows…

What’s next for Kampfar?

We’ll play live as much as we can. We have a good package of excellent live songs now, and now its the time to get it out to the world.

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