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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Review: Kval - Kval


In 2015 this album saw the light under the name of Khaossos. This year sees a re-recording of the album under the name Kval, a one-man project of atmospheric black metal.

Four long, heavy songs form the base of this 43 minute album, with three ambient-style introductions and interludes.

In all fairness the introduction could be any darkish new age. Nice and haunting in a way, but without raising awe. Second on the album comes the song Sokeus, where the only reference to ‘atmospheric’ is the acoustic guitar at the end of the song. The rest of the song is plain black metal, playing it loud will easily drain all happy memories from the mind!

After these two songs the albums starts getting more depth and song structures become more varied. Still dark, still black, but more atmospheric in my opinion and much nicer to listen to, also for ‘non-black metal minded’ people.

I think it was a good idea to re-record and re-name. Khaossos would suggest more chaos, where Kval -even without knowing any Finnish- has a colder and darker sensation, fitting the music well.

The artwork of the album, coming in a nice digi-pack, and the special pack with white (?!! Welcome to the black metal world 😉!! ) T-shirt makes buying this album a nice treat. Not the best album in the world, but a nice addition to the collection.

Written by Martijn Bakker

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