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Kvaen – ‘The Great Below’

Publisher
Black Lion Records
FFO
Dissection, Naglfar, Necrophobic, Enslaved, Windir
Release Date
25/03/2022
Publisher
Black Lion Records
Genre
Black/Pagan/Viking Metal

                The DIY punk ethos of black metal is impressive. Take one person, their vision and a home recording studio and the result is often a conveyor belt of releases. One person who takes a certain part of this mantra under his wing is Kvaen who follows up their fantastic 2020 debut album with their sophomore album ‘The Great Below’.

                Kvaen had hit a winning formula with that debut album, so why would you go changing that blueprint? With ‘The Great Below’, Kvaen once again assemble a stellar cast of guests as members of King Diamond, Necrophobic, Arch Enemy and Finntroll join Kvaen on an adventure of darkness. What the listener gets here is an aggressive album of black metal in that old-school Swedish style as the band take a chainsaw approach the speakers, unwieldy thrashing it back and forth at breakneck speed like Leatherface on PCP. This is until an almost complete stop. A cinematographic break of ambience and suspense where acoustics and keyboards reign supreme before the barrage commences again. This means that with this, Kvaen take it up a notch having all the appeal of Dissection in their pomp.   

                ‘The Great Below’ will have the listener staring down the barrel of one of the best black/death albums of the year. Kvaen have once again hit the nail on the head and any fan of this genre should head out and grab a copy.

"‘The Great Below’ will have the listener staring down the barrel of one of the best black/death albums of the year"
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