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Founded in Bergen, Norway in 2005

KRAKOW is an experimental/post metal band formed in the fall of 2005 by Frode KILVIK (bass, vocals), René MISJE (guitars, vocals) and Kjartan GRØNHAUG (guitars) and recorded their first demo within the first few months. After a few changes in the drummer position throughout the years, 2012 finds them completing the line-up with Ask Ty ARCTANDER (KAMPFAR).

''Dusty Roads EP'' was their first release in 2007 through Kontrabande Records, followed by a tour and invitations to play live with Brant BJORK (KYUSS, FU MANCHU) in Bergen. 2008 finds them touring and playing support to LACUNA COIL and ENSLAVED. The first full album comes out in 2009, entitled ''Monolith'', followed by a few selected gigs throughout 2009 and 2010. In 2011 they released ''Firefly'' as a digital single (also part of a compilation) and a split with RESONAUT with the track ''Drifter'' (also digital download). The summer of 2011 finds them touring Europe as a support to VREID, KAMPFAR and SECRETS OF THE MOON, and in September they entered the studio to record their sophomore album ''diin''. In 2012, they appeared on the ENSLAVED tribute album ''Önd'' (covering 'Center') while ''diin'' was released in September through Dark Essence Records.

KRAKOW cite ISIS, NEUROSIS, IRON MAIDEN and MASTODON as inspirations, while they seem to follow in the shadow or rather footsteps of ENSLAVED (which followed in a tour to Europe and helped them expand their audience), mixing elements of post rock and sludge metal along with other influences.

Biography by aapatsos with kind contribution by aginor

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 Minus by KRAKOW album cover Studio Album, 2018
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Krakow Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars Norwegian band KRAKOW was formed back in 2003, and since then they have been a band in constant development as recording artists, gradually moving from a more distinct niche metal sound revolving around sludge and stoner metal towards more experimental fare. "Minus" is their most recent production, and was released in the late summer of 2018 through Norwegian label Karisma Records.

Those who enjoy progressive metal of the kind that ventures where few others wants to tread, and blend dramatic and expressive impulses with doom metal, post-rock and psychedelia into a pitch black post metal brew are in luck, as this is an album tailor made for this particular audience. Executed pretty much close to perfection.

 Amaran by KRAKOW album cover Studio Album, 2015
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Krakow Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
4 stars Norwegian band KRAKOW has a history going back a decade or thereabouts, and I understand that all members are fairly seasoned musicians in their own right. As a collective unit they have released a good handful of EPs and albums since their formation. "Amaran" is the most recent of their three studio albums to date, and was released through Norwegian label Dark Essence Records at the start of 2015.

Dark Essence is a label I understand are well known for their orientation towards metal, and Krakow is most certainly a band that resides within that sphere of music. They are not your typical purveyors of aggression and darkness however, and they do bring quite a lot to the table on this particular production. There's not too much aggression at hand here either, although it does pop up now and then, whereas those more fond of introspective, bleak and subtly oppressive moods and atmospheres will find a lot to enjoy on this CD.

I think a good place to start here is with doom metal and possibly grunge and stoner metal as well, as I kind of get the impression that these make up the foundation for the escapades of this quartet. More often than not as distant echoes and shadows lurking beneath, but fairly often also with elongated passages and sequences exploring a more or less well defined take on those genres as well. Not all that often without some additional features however, so those fond of these styles in a more purebred manner will perhaps not be intrigued by this specific album.

What Krakow adds to these fairly popular takes on hard rock and metal are cosmic and psychedelic instrument details, subtle amounts of post-punk angst and vibrancy, a fairly liberal amount of fluttering nervous instrument details and textured instrument motifs post-rock style, occasional dips into m ore of a black metal inspired sound and a bit more liberal use of black metal inspired backing vocals complementing, supplementing and contrasting the mostly more melodic, controlled and compelling lead vocals. Arguably with something of a progressive rock approach to the art of compositional structures, theme and arrangement development to boot.

The album as such is fairly diverse actually, but the ongoing dark, bleak and subtly oppressive atmospheres does give it more of a cohesive expression overall, one that might be experienced as one-dimensional as well by those listening to music in in more of a superficial manner. Hence this is a CD that calls for those who listen with a certain amount of focus and concentration. Those who recognize themselves in such a description, who tends to find bleak moods compelling in general and who enjoys some variety to such landscapes such probably give a listen to this album at some point. Especially if these are explored within a context of doom and stoner metal.

Thanks to aapatsos for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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