BRANIKALD

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Branikald is a Russian black metal project fronted by Kaldrad Branislav and normally featuring a drummer called Wizard (not to be confused with Wizard from the Russian black metal band Forgot). Branikald are part of the Blazebirth Hall circle alongside Forest, Raven Dark, Nitberg and others. They have released around 14 albums, many of which were recently reissued on CD by the Russian label Stellar Winter. Branikald have been associated with white pride and national socialism, although their lyrics and imagery are typically apolitical, focusing generally on nature, pride, strife and hatred. Kaldrad has also played with various Blazebirth Hall groups such as Forest, Raven Dark, Nitberg, Vargleide and Woods of Fallen, and has contributed vocals to the black metal/folk group Temnozor.

In interviews Kaldrad has spoken out against the use of the internet for obtaining music, openly supported antisemitism and white pride and advocated "race war". He has also
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BRANIKALD Varg Fjerne a Tornet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Varg Fjerne a Tornet
Black Metal 1995
BRANIKALD Kveldulv album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kveldulv
Black Metal 1996
BRANIKALD Rdyandalir album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Rdyandalir
Black Metal 1996
BRANIKALD Хмель Мизантропии album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Хмель Мизантропии
Black Metal 1998
BRANIKALD Хладавзор album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Хладавзор
Black Metal 1999
BRANIKALD Триумф Воли album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Триумф Воли
Black Metal 2001
BRANIKALD Winterkald album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Winterkald
Black Metal 2005
BRANIKALD Triumph Des Willens album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Triumph Des Willens
Black Metal 2006
BRANIKALD Жизнеотрицанью Жизневероломство album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Жизнеотрицанью Жизневероломство
Black Metal 2009
BRANIKALD Раздувая Тинг Ветров album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Раздувая Тинг Ветров
Black Metal 2011

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BRANIKALD Hammerkrieg album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hammerkrieg
Black Metal 2004

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BRANIKALD Stormheit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stormheit
Black Metal 1994
BRANIKALD To Kampf album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
To Kampf
Black Metal 1995

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BRANIKALD To Kampf

Demo · 1995 · Black Metal
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Branikald is undoubtedly the finest child of Blazebirth Hall along with Forest. The band is known for its repetitive black metal with very raw production, provided by around ten releases during the 90s. The second album (or demo), To Kampf, is no exception and it’s definitely not the easiest Branikald release to get into.

To Kampf contains five tracks of which only two are proper black metal songs (”By the Breath of the Murder” and ”With the Only Eye”) though they’re both around the 10-minute mark. The production is utterly low fidelity but you can still hear the main instruments (guitar, drums and vocals) clear enough. I would recommend headphones, though, otherwise To Kampf might sound a total mess with no point at all. Anyhow, the two tracks contain noble and evil sounding riffs with even some clean vocals (which, however, don’t try to be anything sweet exactly, so don’t expect something Alcest-like). The tracks sound like they were recorded outside somewhere in forests at night time and this is exactly one of Branikald’s best features, because no other band can create exactly this kind of atmosphere. Twisted, dark, cold and trance-inducing in the Blazebirth Hall way.

Guitar-only interlude ”Painest Sea a Kosmfarne” brings the rawness to another level, but still remaining audible and it is surprisingly melancholic piece, belonging to the standout tracks along with ”With the Only Eye”. Intro and outro consist of an out-of-tune piano which fits to the eerie nature of the album. The outro goes for almost 9-minutes which might be a bit too long, but after all, To Kampf runs just for 36 minutes so it never feels too prolonged.

To Kampf is by no means an easy bite to digest. It’s also not the finest output of Branikald, but it’s still a succesful Branikald release and should not be missed by Blazebirth Hall fans.

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