- About me:
Jon Bakker is the bassplayer of the norwegian BM band Kampfar. Kampfar was founded in 1994, and released 6 full lenght albums via various record labels up the years. The latest release "Djevelmakt", was released by Indie Recordings january 2014. Djevelmakt was written in the first half of 2013, with the band doing a single live appearance at France's Hellfest, and then recorded partly in the band's new home town Bergen and partly in Pärlby, Sweden. This time the band chose to work with Jonas Kjellgren, who also helped engineer Mare, with Peter Tägtgren being tasked with the mix. The setup that worked so brilliantly on Mare allowed the band to walk in and record in the most relaxed manner, allowing for a production that is as focused as before, although rougher and possibly even heavier than what we have heard from them before.
For the first time in Kampfar’ s history they have chosen to acquire pre-existing art for the design of the album. The album cover itself is a 1981 oil painting by Polish artist Zdzisław Beksiński, and the remaining design incorporates a second Beksiński painting, as well as a painting by English painter John Charles Dollman. The works of art, selected by the band before recording the album, helped influence the direction of the sound as well as the lyrics, while also functioning as a guide to the listener, with the lyrics mostly being written in Norwegian.
Djevelmakt proves that 20 years of existence does not dull the blade, but grinds it into a sharpness more scything than ever before. He's been using ESP basses for the last 8 years with the F-series as first choise.