Well, good morning! I’m still half-asleep, or perhaps even less-than-half, but this little piece of news grabbed my attention anyway…
Italian folk-metal band Krampus, whom we’ve discussed in terms of their two EPs from 2011 (here and here), have been working on putting together their first LP. Today they’ve unveiled the cover art (see above) as well as tracklist for the upcoming album!
Survival of the Fittest, which seems aptly named when you consider their typical subject matter of the eventual reassertion of nature’s dominance over humans and their technology, will be available on CD and digital download through NoiseArt Records on 24 August 2012.
1. Arise (The Day Of Reckoning)
2. Beast Within
6. The Bride
8. The Dance of Lies
9. Kronos’ Heritage
10. Shadows of Our Time
11. Tears of Stone
12. The Season of Revenge (bonus track)
If some of those titles seem familiar, it’s probably because several of these songs have previously appeared on either the Shadows of Our Time or Kronos’ Heritage EPs, although from what I understand, everything here has been newly recorded at Blackmirror Studios in Udine.
Krampus, the winter demon, has survived the repression of the modern gods. Born from shame for the mankind decay, under the cold breeze in the shades of the alps, we join him in his dealing out of the fallible human’s just deserts. Like roots breaking concrete, we shake minds dulled by the weakness of present society. We fight fearlessly for our beliefs, aiming to give back at least some of what has been taken from mother nature. We kindle the embers hidden inside each and every one of you, choked by the lies of nations: Embers of Honour, Pride, Traditions, and Freedom.
Following the album’s release, the band will be heading out on a tour across Europe with Korpiklaani and Wintersun.