Krakow Amaran on Limited Edition LP
Formed in 2005 by Frode Kilvik (bass, vocals), Kjartan Grønhaug (guitar) and René Misje (guitar, vocals) Kraków recorded their first three-track demo within a couple of months of being together and went on to release their Dusty Roads EP in 2007. The band's debut album Monolith appeared in 2009.
Initially drawing their inspiration from bands such as Isis, Neurosis, Iron Maiden and Mastodon, Krakow have gone their own way, producing a sound that is at times dark, evocative and beautiful, at other times fast and aggressive or heavy and mesmerizing. It's with difficulty that anyone can pin a genre on Krakow but the names most mentioned when talking about the band are post-rock, metal and stoner rock. Krakow's line up was recently expanded to include drummer Ask Ty Arctander of Kampfar and Mondvolland.
With the release of their sophomore album, Diin (2012), the Bergen post metal band received much praise and recognition for their special take on the genre. On their third album, Amaran, the band has developed their style even further, and made an unique and atmospheric record that will definitely stand out. This time, the band explores both the more calmer sides of their sound as well as the more experimental drone sides.
This makes Amaran a highly varied album, filled with both dreaming soundscapes and a sinister and harsh atmosphere. With the addition of Ask Ty Arctander, the band also have another strong musician in the line-up that has helped to broaden their sound.