‘Krampus’ is the third new music and video released during 2016 from Snowy Shaw‘s forthcoming first album as a solo artist to be out in early spring 2017. Odd and unconventional as it may seem, ‘Alcoholocaust’, ‘Nachtgeist’ and now ‘Krampus’ could and should be viewed as premotional videos rather than promotional since the songs themselves aren’t available yet until next year. Made to introduce the fans to the new chapter in the wondrous world of Snowy Shaw, both musically and visually and to offer a sneak peak on what’s to come. ‘Krampus’ is created by by Snowy Shaw, Lucky Ludde and Patric Ullaeus and recorded at Tomten’s Verkstad. Mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman, check out ‘Krampus’:
Over the past few years having played shows and released the live DVD/CD box “SNOWY SHAW: 25 years of madness in the name of metal” where Snowy and his namesake band ( + special guests) play “All his favorites songs from all his former bands” as well as two separate live albums “Snowy Shaw,.. is Alive! “and “Live in Hell”. All of which about 65% are Snowy‘s own compositions, while the rest consists of music Snowy either recorded with the original band, toured the world playing or both.
Since replacing Mikkey Dee as a drummer in King Diamond in 1989 Snowy has earned himself a reputation as one of the scene’s most hard working multi-talented artist and multi-istrumentalist with numerous bands and projects such as Therion, Sabaton, Notre Dame, Dream Evil, Dimmu Borgir, Mercyful Fate, Memento Mori, XXX, Opera Diabolicus, Kee Marcello, illwill, Mad Architect, Denner/Shermann etc.
2017 sees him bring his spectacular show to the U.S for the first time with the sold out show at Prog Power Atlanta, in September. The plan to to add more U.S dates as well as a tour of South/latin America during the period is currently in the making.
“Frankly speaking, after all these years with various duties and positions in countless bands I’ve reached a point in my life where I feel that if I don’t get to do my own shit now, and the way I want it I might as well give up music altogether. Apart from doing the occasional recording session job every now and then I really can’t picture myself ever joining another band again. As grateful and proud as I am, having had the privilege of working with all those fabulous bands in the past, it’s a bit like Been there/ done that. So come hell or high water, for the rest of my days I’ll be a solo artist. And I do mean that in the truest sense of the word, meaning that I’m doing it all myself with the exception that I do have a live band appearing with me while on stage. Although I might be able to play and sing it all on the recordings I simply can’t do it all at once for obvious reasons“.
KRAMPUS are one of the truest and most honest metal bands out there. What started off as a very solid, and somewhat stereotypical “folk metal” band, KRAMPUS has evolved immensly and defined their own musical path with no regrets. The bands latest single “The Trial” is a perfect example of how far they have come musically and the sonic direction they are moving. While their sound still contains the core elements of “folk metal”, one must really hear to fully understand the new soundscape that KRAMPUS is inventing.
“The Trial” is coming off the bands upcoming full length release, Counter//Current, which is due out on November 15, 2016. Watch the lyric video below.
A direct message from KRAMPUS:
“Dear Fans, after a tonload of work, struggles and challenges we are all so proud to be able to showcase to you the first song extracted from our new album Counter/Current, available in all digital stores from November 15th. We put a lot of effort on this album and as always we experimented and tried a lot of things. As always we put a strong importance to the message we wanna spread so we hope you’ll take your time to read our lyrics. Some of you will like it, others will hate it ( some will threaten to kill us… ) and we can’t wait to read and see your reactions! What we hope is to surprise you, either in a good or a bad way,cause we believe that it’s always good to slip into the unexpected and it’s a band’s duty to never repeat itself. And with this spirit…. – Fear the Krampus, comin’ at ya always in fancy different ways!”
Italian Alternative Metallers KRAMPUS are no longer a folk metal band, and maybe never have been one, really! Their continuously evolving music is freedom to experience all the colours of the borderline of metal and more. It’s a journey to the unknown, without losing the tracks, tradition and philosophy which KRAMPUS is proud of. KRAMPUS are: Filippo – Lead Vocals, Marika – Violin, Alessandro – Guitar & Backing Growl, Davide – Bass and Matteo – Bagpipes, Whistles, Flutes, Irish bouzouki.
Three years have passed since our last interview with KRAMPUS, so it was about time to find out what’s going on with the band today. Tarja Virmakari had a pleasant chat with the band’s vocalist Filippo, talking about their recent years, present activity and revealing that a new album is in the works. To find out more about the discussed topics, please join the chat below.
With a heavy heart we have to share with you the news that Päde [Patrick Kistler] is no longer a part of Eluveitie. After six years and four albums, he leaves big shoes to fill. While we have no further comment at this time, we would like to wish him all the best for his future endeavours.
At the same time, we can announce that we have already found a very talented musician to step in and keep the show going: multi-instrumentalist Matteo Sisti, from our friends and colleagues at KRAMPUS, has not hesitated to jump in and learn our full set in just a few days. A big THANK YOU goes out to Matteo and Krampus at this point – in the midst of the European leg of our Origins World Tour, their support is much appreciated. Matteo is joining us as a temporary session musician for the remainder of this tour. We can’t wait to rock the stages together for you!
Upcoming dates on the Origins European tour are:
20.11.14 DE Bremen – Tivoli
21.11.14 DE Bochum – Matrix
22.11.14 DE Hamburg – Gruenspan
23.11.14 NL Eindhoven – Effenaar
25.11.14 DE Köln – Essigfabrik
26.11.14 CZ Prag Meet – Factory
27.11.14 PL Krakow – Kwadrat
28.11.14 PL Warzaw – Progresja
29.11.14 PL Sczecin – Slowianin
30.11.14 DE Berlin – K17
02.12.14 DE Heidelberg Halle – O2
03.12.14 LU Esch-Sur-Alzette – Kulturfabrik
04.12.14 DE Ludwigsburg – Rock Fabrik
05.12.14 DE München – Backstage
06.12.14 DE Geiselwind – Music hall
07.12.14 DE Lindau – Vaudeville
09.12.14 SI Ljubljana – Kino Siska
10.12.14 HU Budapest – Club 202
11.12.14 SL Bratislava – Majestic
12.12.14 AT Wien – Szene
13.12.14 AT Salzburg – Rockhouse
Italy’s KRAMPUS have become known for breaking the mold of stereotypical genres and have once again released a boundary breaking song and lyric video. As a follow up to their latest release, Butterflies on Fire, which was tracked by Tommy Vetterli (CORONER), the band has released the lyric video for their new single “Mistakes”, check it out HERE. The new track was recorded at Black Mirror Studios and was mixed by Luigi del Missier and mastered by Ted Jensen (LINKIN PARK, 30 SECONDS TO MARS, PARAMORE).The direction and attitude of the band can certainly be heard in this latest release. The band has put it best themselves:
Finally we’re ready to share with you our latest work: “Mistakes”.
We worked really hard on this song that we produced ourselves and without any label support. We started as a more traditional folk metal band but we evolved, this is a fact; we think that a band is not defined by its genre but from its sound and we will keep on experimenting new ways to express ourselves. We never wanted any bounds and we never will. This is what we are.
Italian metallers KRAMPUS have released a brand new music video for the song Butterflies on Fire. The track was recorded in Switzerland with Tommy Vetterli (CORONER) in early 2014. Check it out below.
Singer Filippo Gianotti comments:
“We decided to team up with the talented illustrator Matteo “Falsoglabro” Fachini to create something original for our second single. Andrea Guarascio took care of the Post Production and direction. Both are great artists and great friends and helped us to visually represent the lyrics on BoF. Stay tuned!”
– Fear the Krampus, Cartoon style –