Norwegian old-school black metallers KAMPFAR have issued the following statement:
"Due to a sudden family matter for one member of KAMPFAR, we are forced to cancel our show at Wacken Open Air this year. We feel bad towards the Wacken festival, ICS [Wacken festival organizers] and the people who came to see us. But if you know KAMPFAR, you know that we always come back strong. See you in the future!"
KAMPFAR released its new album, "Heimgang" (said to be "the connection between the underworld and our own"), in September 2008 via Napalm Records.
Check out audio samples on the band's MySpace page.
A press release reads: "Refusing to follow in the footsteps of others before or after them, the band delivered an album that sounds, looks, and feels like the very essence of KAMPFAR music inspired by Nordic natural beauty, folklore and myths. It is dark, cold, menancing, and yet alluring in a unique way. These Norwegians belong to the forerunners of the genre, though they cannot be compared to any one specific band. KAMPFAR does not place the most importance on speed, as do others, but rather on expression and content. KAMPFAR is a self-contained mix of raw black metal and pagan metal embossed with traditional folkloric influences. KAMPFAR's music is and remains Norse pagan folklore metal, and proves that compromises are unnecessary in creating greatness."
Watch fan-filmed video footage of KAMPFAR performing at the Wacken Dunkelheit festival on August 29, 2008: