Kval - translating to "anguish" in English - is an atmospheric ambient Black Metal band from Finland playing cold and dark mid-paced melodic Black Metal with catchy icy riffs coated in frost. The atmosphere of Kval is meant to convey emptiness and the solitary nature of life, and the album feels like a hopeless death march of despair and nihilism.  

Kval was founded in 2012 under the name Khaossos. Before changing the name to Kval in spring 2016, he recorded one demo, one EP, split albums with 1389 and Auriel, and debut album called Kuolonkuu. Later in 2016, Kval decided to re-record and re-name his debut album under the Kval banner.  Every instrument has been re-recorded with greater detail and there are vast improvements to the mix - creating a much richer and more atmospheric sound. The album will be released by Hypnotic Dirge in a 6 panel digipack and shirts and stickers will also be available. 

Although Kval is the only member of the band, guitars and a part of the keyboards have been always recorded by WNTRBRNR (from Auriel, Naufragia, etc.)

"This one-man battalion has managed to unravel one of the most powerful and decadent Atmospheric Black Metal releases of 2017 and should be recognized. " 
Infernal Masquerade Webzine 

"Kval is a record where the atmosphere is absolutely right; where the riffs will pull the listener in and keep you held fast for the duration of the album, succeeding whether you choose to treat the album as an hypnotic exercise or actively engage with it." 
The Sound Not The Word 

"This album is cold, alienating and merciless in its delivery, making it impersonal and repetitious. Yet it has impressive power and has all the attributes of a proper black metal album." 
Ave Noctum 


HYPNOTIC DIRGE   07.27.2017