Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kval/Self Titled/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2017 Re-Issue Review


  Kval  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  titled  2015  album  which  was  originally released as the album title ''Kuolonkuu'' when the musical project was still known as Khaossos and the re-issue version will be released  on  July  28th  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music also  incorporates  a  decent  amount  of  melodic  yet  atmospheric  guitar  leads  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  all  instrumental  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Kval  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark  while  also  being  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  also  avoids  the  more  faster  aspects  of  the  genre  to  create  some  long  epic  tracks,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kval  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sokeus"  and  "Kuolonkuu".  8  out  of  10.    

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