With their new album “minus” set for release on Karisma Records on the 31 August, Norway’s KRAKOW have debuted a video for the track “black wandering sun” from the album.
With this song, and video animated by Esteban Sebastián Farias, KRAKOW pay tribute to their influences, a concept enhanced by the guest appearance of Phil Campbell of Motörhead fame.
The band explains:
“black wandering sun is an homage to our heroes who passed during the last couple of years, pulling inspiration from their universe, tipping the hat to their words and visiting them as the stars they are. And to top it off we were helped out by Phil who did the most rock n’ roll solo to provide the glitz and stardom the song needed to reach the summit of heaviness. The video is a reflection of the story the song tells, yet it becomes its own story, like a parallel trail through the universe, much like everything else that’s going on with this album. Godspeed, you Starman!”
The video, is streaming exclusively via various media outlets, and can be accessed via this smartlink: http://smarturl.it/black.wandering.sun
Or directly at the following:
Metal Hammer, UK:
No Clean Singing, USA:
La Grosse Radio, FR:
Slam magazine, DE:
Lords of Metal, NL:
Whilst the video gives fans a first taste of what to expect from “minus”, KRAKOW explain more about their latest endeavours:
“Following the laborious process of distilling two albums worth of material into one focused gem, we give you “minus”. The pinnacle achievement of KRAKOW’s thirteen-year existence. After a year of recording, shaping, re-recording and refining, “minus” has been reduced to the bare essence of who KRAKOW are as individuals, as a group and as story tellers. It is an album that defies any attempts at genre definition and covers the heavy, the subtle, the melodic, the atonal, the groovy, the sluggish, the dense, the airy, the naked, and always, always, that wall of sound where no light can escape.
“With themes spanning from outer space to the hidden worlds deep below, travelling in time from the distant future to the near past like an inverted space odyssey, we are taken on a journey where “we all become stories”, in ways as much a reflection of the ones we tell, as a revelation of the ones we won’t.¬
“minus” was once again recorded in the renowned Duper and Solslottet studios in the Bergen Kjøtt creative complex, in collaboration, once more, with Iver Sandøy. KRAKOW even brought in some help this time, to tell these stories, the album ending with a choir consisting of a select group of Bergen based musical veterans, whilst the opening track introduces the most rock n’ roll guitar solo, courtesy of one Phil Campbell of Motörhead fame.
“So, this is “minus”. An album that defies any attempt at genre definition. There are guests, who bring glitz and rock n’ roll, as well as a grounding force to the core of the mountain. There is beauty, and there is rotten decay, like a lush forested island in the centre of a lake of septic water. There are monsters and there are saints, and none of them reveal themselves. But if we allow ourselves to search, we will find the cracks in the fabric and find a way to get close.
“It’s a collection of contradictions, is what we’re saying. It’s a KRAKOW album”.
Fans can also expect more visual representations for those willing to delve even deeper into the songs themselves, with several music videos lined up, telling the stories from slightly different angles, or even from completely flipped viewpoints, allowing the band to elaborate without giving everything away.
With artwork by renowned tattoo artist and long-time KRAKOW collaborator Thomas Hooper, tracklisting for “minus” is as follows:
1: black wandering sun
3: the stranger
4: from fire, from stone
“minus” will be available in CD, LP and Digital formats and the CD and LP versions are now available to pre-order from the following:
Karisma Records Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/
KRAKOW’s next live appearances will be at Bergenfest on the 12 June.