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Trollfest, Kaptein Kaos (NoiseArt Records)




Trollfest, Kaptein Kaos (NoiseArt Records)
Cd Reviews 3/27/14

03/27/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Trollfest, Kaptein Kaos (NoiseArt Records)
Sixth LP from the Norwegian folk-thrash act whose lyrical language is “a combination of Norwegian, German and Trollish,” i.e., it’s right up your alley if you go for things like Borat, old Slayer records, LARP festivals and roaring-drunk Norwegian dudes (is there any other kind?). Nowadays, bands like this one and Korpiklaani and Ensiferum can almost make respectable livings out of this all-fun genre (something called the Paganfest tour passed through the U.S. in 2013) as they continue roping in thrash fans who need a little more melody with their hair-whipping. If Korpiklaani is the Slayer of this genre, these guys are Gwar, not averse to ladling out gags such as the drawn-out circus boing-boing-boinging of opening track “Trolltramp,” and otherwise being raw, punked-up and, at times, seriously heavy (the Gogol Bordello-tinged “Vulkan”).  There’s a black/power-metal version of “Ave Maria” in here that makes perfect sense. A — Eric W. Saeger





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