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Kvaen - The Great Below



8 | 131 votes |
Release date: 25 March 2022
Style: Melodic black metal

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01. Cauldron Of Plagues
02. The Great Below
03. In Silence [feat. Nephente Fridell]
04. Damnations Jaw [feat. Mike Wead]
05. Sulphur Fire
06. Ensamvarg [feat. Rasmus Rova & Sebastian Ramstedt]
07. Your Mighty Has Fallen
08. The Fire Within Him Burns [feat. Mathias Lillmåns & Robin Mattsson]

Line-up
Jakob Björnfot - all instruments, vocals

Guest musicians
Robin Mattsson - piano
Sebastian Ramstedt - guitar solo
Mike Wead - guitar solo
Mathias Lillmåns - additional vocals
Nephente Fridell - additional vocals
Rasmus Rova - accordion

Additional info
Mixed and mastered by Owe Inborr at Wolfthrone Studios.
Guitars, bass, vocals and keyboards recorded at Kvenland Studios.
Percussions and drums recorded at Wolfthrone Studios by Owe Inborr.

Artwork by Niklas Webbjörn.

Staff review by
RaduP
Rating:
N/A
Kvaen make my job easier by already putting "Great" in the album's title.

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published 31.03.2022 | Comments (4)

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25.03.2022 - 12:56
Charlotbk

Wow this is fucking good.
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25.03.2022 - 17:14
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Tage Westerlund
This is different seems band somehow put small changes, but keeps own vibe alive. I wont be surprise album no. 3 are on progress and I also suspect this might be cool touring band.
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25.03.2022 - 18:07
Rating: 7
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
A solid melodic black metal album with a real epic feel to it, aswel as a dark sinister edge. Some of the melodies are ok, not too overdone, although for me melodic black has to have memorable riffs that hook me, and here I'm finding they don't seem to contain the right melodies to keep me hooked. Some of the solo's on the other hand are very good, something that usually lacks in black metal.

Some of the songs don't really do much for me, but the two I find stand out most for me are "Ensamvarg" and the title song. If anything I'm getting slight Marduk vibes from this as opposed to more melodic bands such as Dissection or Necrophobic, maybe that's just me
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25.03.2022 - 18:36
Rating: 7
Jared Archon

Good, but a bit disappointing after how awesome The Funeral Pyre was.
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27.03.2022 - 06:23
Rating: 7
Rogodop

This is pretty good, it doesn't reinvent the wheel by any means but it's an enjoyable listen.
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23.05.2022 - 13:51
Rating: 9
In Bone Factory

Woow. My brain can't process my ears properly. Great album
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03.06.2022 - 14:16
Rating: 9
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
What is this!!! Have the Metal Gods descended from the heavens above to bestow Kvaen with abilities some would consider unnatural? Because it sure as hell sounds like it!

Just as the previous comment here said, I can't believe my ears! The guitar-work is pure ecstasy, a blending of Dissection, Necrophobic, and Wintersun! So fast, so catchy, the title tracks sounds like it could pass as a blackened thrash song, but there's so much more... beautiful melodic moments, sinister riffs, lighter melodies bordering on power metal (and by the way you can find all of this just in track 6, for example )

The first track was great, but I was completely hooked after listening to the title track - so much excellent musicianship going on! And after that it just keeps going! Strap yourselves in, because once you get on this rollercoaster there's no going back: every fucking song delivers absolutely unbelievable guitar solos and every time my brain just goes numb as I keep mentally yelling at the album, "Are you kidding me?!"

I didn't expect a black metal album in 2022 to overwhelm me like this has done just upon my first listening. But this, with the addicting fast-paced energy, the world-class guitar solos,... and don't get me started on the piano playing in the last song!

This has shot up straight to #1 on my favorite 2022 releases. So majestic, so captivating, so many genres mixed together, genius musicianship, perfect chilling vocals... such consistent technical mastery and execution: every song is unique and yet every song seems to surpass the previous one - simply uncomprehensible.

I can't believe this. I don't give 10's lightly, and especially not to new releases. But this is unmistakable perfection. I think my brain has shut down. What just happened?

Edit: see my comment of The Great Below in the great below
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03.06.2022 - 22:43
Rating: 10
Qualeen

Written by F3ynman2000 on 03.06.2022 at 14:16

What is this!!! Have the Metal Gods descended from the heavens above to bestow Kvaen with abilities some would consider unnatural? Because it sure as hell sounds like it!

Just as the previous comment here said, I can't believe my ears! The guitar-work is pure ecstasy, a blending of Dissection, Necrophobic, and Wintersun! So fast, so catchy, the title tracks sounds like it could pass as a blackened thrash song, but there's so much more... beautiful melodic moments, sinister riffs, lighter melodies bordering on power metal (and by the way you can find all of this just in track 6, for example )


Well said man! this is indeed a lovely record. I remember when I listened to it I felt as though I had been taken into an audio movie. I need to listen to it more, there is much to explore
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06.06.2022 - 09:18
Rating: 9
nonZero

Written by F3ynman2000 on 03.06.2022 at 14:16


I'd better check this one out!
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16.06.2022 - 21:51
Rating: 9
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Written by F3ynman2000 on 03.06.2022 at 14:16



I hate having to go and take back some previous comment, but I think I should do it in this case.

I was too hasty in giving this album a 10. I'm trying to reserve 10s to life-changing albums and personal all-time favorites. And this album here frankly hasn't drastically altered my life - so it gets a simple 9.

Now, don't get me wrong - this is still a phenomenal piece of music and is for sure one of my favorite releases of 2022.

But I just wanted to reel in my enthusiasm and stick to my personal rating system. After all, it's not better than every album I've given a 9 to. So that's why I think it deservedly gets a rating of 9 instead of 10.
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26.06.2022 - 16:25
Rating: 9
metalbrat

If i dont delete a song from the playlist, it means i will be giving itva 10/10... I gave it for the debut album. Unfortunately i deleted one song from this album because it was hampering the continuity. Still these guys are classic stuff.
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