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Review from The Doorway To

Posted by Nick Skog on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, In : English 
From: The Doorway To
Published: August 24, 2019 

Finland why is always Finland they are truly one of the most inventive and creative places on this Earth for extreme and avant music . This is Atmospheric Post Black metal on the highest of all orders. I love the very ethereal side that the music creates with that  Virus, Code, VBE, Katatonia  vibe. Kval is all about the beauty and the nightares and its what the music and gritty vocal style creates for me . I hear so much experimenta...

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Review from Ave Noctum

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, July 11, 2019, In : English 
From: Ave Noctum 
Published: July 10, 2019

So it’s back to life, emptiness and chaos from the solo artist Kval from Finland who professes to a liking for Burzum. This is a follow up to his impressively bleak self-titled release of 2017.

“Laho” comprises five weighty pieces. From the outset we are transported to a cold world of despair and greyness. The delicate acoustic tones and ringing backdrop provide momentary pause for reflection, but make no mistake: this is a harsh, men...

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Review from Metal Bulletin

Posted by Nick Skog on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, In : English 
From: Metal Bulletin
Published: June 16, 2019

Kval is chill, relaxation, atmospheric, one-person black metal from Finland. The vocals are extreme, but they are not super harsh and end up sounding almost as background landscape. Keyboards are important and for fans of this genre, this is something along the lines of the aural themes of forests-and-mountains vibes. It is chill rock with a bit of tremolo picking and some gentle-giant, softer growled vocals. Some of this music is just ...

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Review from Dead Rheteric

Posted by Nick Skog on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, In : English 
From: Dead Rheteric
Published: June 9, 2019 
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While early Spring may bring the thaw its mid and late Spring that anchors the bloom and coloring of the waking world. Finnish artist Kval and his second album Laho is a fitting musical accompaniment to that greening, a contemplative and unhurried experience. Atmospheric black metal as likely only would emerge from Finland.

To reiterate: Laho goes many places and takes its time (each time) to get there. Melody and sustained atmosphere are...

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Review from Metal Temple

Posted by Nick Skog on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, In : English 
From: Metal Temple
Published: June 4, 2019 

KVAL - translating to "anguish" in English - is an atmospheric ambient Black Metal band from Vantaa, Finland. Founded in 2012 under the name KHAOSSOS, the project began by recording a demo, EP and a split albums with 1389 and AURIAL as well as a debut album entitled “Kuolonkuu (Deathmoon).” Cold and dark mid-paced melodic Black Metal with catchy icy riffs coated in frost permeated the output of KHAOSSOS, conveying emptiness and the so...

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Review from Grizzly Butts

Posted by Nick Skog on Monday, June 3, 2019, In : English 
From: Grizzly Butts
Published: May 23, 2019

The bitter bolete rise in the span of days from the dirt of her undercarriage just a few inches towards the rain. Intrepid moss finally creeps its first foot from down a nearby stone to bring moisture and warming cloak to her frigid, naked rest. Hewn and cast down with sawed limbs as a dead-eyed mess soon to fill with bugs and all sorts of wriggling creatures, the corpse soon returns as nourishment for the dirt she’d risen from decades ...

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Review from Astral Noize

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, May 23, 2019, In : English 
From: Astral Noize
Published: May 21, 2019 

Whilst the genre is typically associated with autumnal beauty and an accompanying sense of majesty, there is potential for atmospheric black metal to express something darker; for the path in the woods to become obscured, for the plants to be covered in thorns and the shadows be home to danger. Such is the case for Laho, the second album from Finnish band Kval. Translating to “rotten”, Laho is intended as a metaphor for the human mind...

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Review from Wonderbox Metal

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, May 23, 2019, In : English 
From: Wonderbox Metal
Published: May 21, 2019 

Kval are a black metal band from Finland and this is their second album.

I’ve been greatly anticipating the next Kval release, as the band’s 2017 self titled debut album was quite the underground find. The debut seemed to be a solo affair, whereas this new one seems to have added a guitarist.

Laho is the sound of an artist recognising what he did so well in the past, and expanding upon it for his follow up album. The core of the musi...

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Review from Invisible Oranges

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, May 23, 2019, In : English 
From: Invisible Oranges
Published: May 20, 2019 

Dedicated to forest floor decay as an allegory for brain-rot, Laho is ceaseless in its persistence and beautiful in its grimness. Kval has been simultaneously delicate and existentially unstoppable with this release, offering extended moments of gentle reprieve from the black metal onslaught to pad the album’s dynamics. This is an album of many dualities — slow/fast, big/small, hard/soft — and exploring each one through its atm...

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Review from Occult Black Metal Zine

Posted by Nick Skog on Sunday, May 12, 2019, In : English 
From: Occult Black Metal Zine
May 8, 2019 
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Kval  are  a  solo  project  from  finland  that  has  had  music reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2019  album  "laho"  which  will  be  released  on  may  23rd  by  hypnotic  dirge  records. 

Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black...

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 Released:  May 23, 2019
500 Copies
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal