(photo credit: Astrid Gjersøe Skåtterød)
Andy Synn, beloved NCS writer and intrepid foreign correspondent, is currently attending the Inferno Festival in Oslo, Norway (damn his eyes). Late yesterday afternoon your humble editor received a message from Andy with a couple of scoops about one of our favorite bands, Keep of Kalessin.
First, Andy reported that KoK had debuted a new song and video — “Introspection” — at Inferno. This explains the meaning of the cryptic countdown that has been going on for the last week at KoK’s Facebook page (more about that in a minute). Andy described it thusly: “Epic song. Epic video. Crushing drum sound. Awesome riffs and melodies.”
Second, Andy relayed that KoK’s vocalist Thebon has parted ways with the band and that the man pictured above — KoK’s guitarist, songwriter, and composer Arnt “Obsidian C” Gronbech — has stepped up to become the new vocalist and frontman.
This kind of on-the-ground reporting almost makes me forgive Andy for making me green with envy for attending Inferno. Almost. Also, as of this morning, all of us get to hear “Introspection” and see the new video.
Beginning on March 23, KoK began a countdown on their FB page, starting with the words “T-5” — and no further explanation. As of yesterday the words “T-1” appeared. Using the kind of superior deductive reasoning that have made others speak of me in awestruck whispers, I concluded, in light of Andy’s report, that the new video would premiere today. And so it has. Although at this writing there has been no official announcement about the video, I found it.
Andy’s description of it is accurate. Watch and listen below.
UPDATE (Mar. 30): Obsidian and KoK have today posted a lengthy explanation of why the band moved forward with “Introspection”, and the new album that will include the song, without Thebon: