Hailing from the wildly diverse Italian metal scene, Krampus present their own exciting, thought provoking take on folk metal. Releasing both an EP (Kronos Heritage) and full length (Shadows of Our Time) back to back, Krampus is more than ready to take on the worldwide metal arena. Here is a recent interview we conducted with the band to find out more about their compelling anthems, live shows, their local music scene, favorite beer, and much more! Read on as we unleash the mighty Krampus!!!
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Krampus, and how long the band has been in existence.
Hello, I’m Filippo and I’m the singer and songwriter of the band. We started 1 year ago
Where is the band based out and what is your local music scene like there?
We are from Udine (North East Italy) and to be honest the metal scene in the whole Italy is terrific. There is a huge number of great metal bands that don’t have the proper support to reach the audience because of the lack of clubs, medias etc that support the metal genre.
How would you say your folk metal compares to other entities such as Koripiklaani, Finntroll, and In Extremo?
Well we have a totally different approach. A lot of folk metal bands get their inspiration from the past and write regarding the past. We tried to bring the best lessons from the past and tradition and we are trying to bring this into the future with both music and lyrical themes. The use of synthesizer and modern metal along with folk instrument is something that differ us from many folk metal bands. We also try to use the lyrics as a way to communicate with the audience. We see the world falling apart every day, the earth being treated like everybody’s bitch, the whole humanity rotting in their selfishness and we try to use our words to wake up our audience.
What could one expect from a live Krampus show?
One hell of a mess ; ) We want all of our shows to bring the power of our music to the crowd. We want them to have fun and remember it.
Have you ever played here in the States or plan to do so in the future?
We still have to reach the U.S. but we will try to do it as soon as possible!
Let’s talk about the EP first off. Is there any story or concept behind the EP title Kronos Heritage?
There’s a main theme. And it’s the state of the world as is, the first track is a warning: What will we leave to our children if we destroy the planet? Aftermath is some kind of “future view” of the consequences, a sight on what to expect.
Who did the unique cover art for Kronos Heritage and what does it represent?
The cover art has been done by our graphic Max Rambaldi (https://www.facebook.com/maxrambaldi?v=wall )
and it’s an allegory of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
Instead of leading the rats with a flute our “piper” leads the rage of the earth against this ungrateful world.
Select two songs from the album Shadows Of Our Time and what inspired the lyrics.
Shadows of our time, the title track is a sum of our view of the human society and a dichotomy between the present and the old ancient world.
Wooden Memories took inspiration from a thousand year old tree. We imagined this tree to be old enough to have seen the whole history of men and to tell it showing its decay from the beginning to now.
Are you or any of the other members of Krampus involved with any other bands at the moment?
Actually only Leonardo plays in the technical death metal band “Otivm”
Have you ever done an all acoustic folk show or EP and is that something that would interest you?
Hell no! We play metal! ; )
What is your all time favorite beer and why?
Well my heart is linked with the Slovenian Lasko Pivo.
Any final words of wisdom?
Thank you for all your questions, we would like to thank all our fans and we hope we have brought to you the will to read our lyrics!
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)