Krampus – Kronos’ Heritage (Self-released, 24 August 2011)
Good afternoon, readers. So how is your day going so far? Mine’s almost over, but still it seems to be dragging on far too long. I could sure use a break, and I’d be willing to bet you feel the same. I’ve decided to take a folk-metal break, care to join me?
Amazingly, just a few short years ago I had no idea that there existed such a thing as folk metal. I’ve been a long-time fan of the orchestral and symphonic stuff that sometimes gets incorporated into black or power metal, and any other music that brings together unexpected juxtapositions of style or instrumentation, but for whatever reason, I’d just never really been exposed to the folkier stuff. Once I did discover it, though, I instantly was knocked off my feet, and ever since then I just can’t get enough.
Today I’m taking a quick look back at the EP Kronos’ Heritage, released last summer by the Udinesi octet Krampus. Just a quick look, though, because the EP is only three songs, clocking in around twelve minutes. Following that, I’ll also be glancing ahead, because right now this troop of Italians is busy laboring on their forthcoming debut release for Noise Art Records, which is due out late this year.
The Krampus, as I understand it, is a scary monster with goat-like features, somewhat like a satyr, which originally came from the pagan folklore of the pre-Christian Alpine lands, but nowadays is thought of as the Christmas demon, serving as a counterpart to Saint Nicholas in many central European countries, and coming around to deal with the naughty children who don’t deserve any gifts. Similarly, the band that shares its name with this creature seems to be intent on punishing those who have misbehaved, except in a metaphoric sense: here, the “children” represent all of mankind, and the “misdeeds” for which we are to be reprimanded involve polluting and destroying the planet on which we live.