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Review: Kvaen - The Funeral Pyre
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The Funeral Pyre

Label: Black Lion Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 47:14
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: May 23, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Kvaen is a one-man black metal project masterminded by a gent called Jakob Björnfot and it sounds to me like he's looked to one of his country's legends for inspiration, namely Bathory. Kvaen's debut album is called The Funeral Pyre and it combines absolutely savage riffing, hate-fueled rasping and lightning-quick drumming dressed up with a modern production that lets all the instruments be heard without stifling the deathly atmosphere. Björnfot incorporates some slower, epic music on The Funeral Pyre, like "Hymn to Kvaenland" which closes the album, that gives it more depth than if it was played at a thousand miles an hour from start to finish. Which isn't to say there is anything wrong with the songs that roar along as if driven by the breath of hell, because there isn't. Cuts like "Revenge by Fire" and "Bestial Winter" are power and fury translated into metal music. The guitar work is not limited to tremolo picking and there are emotive leads throughout the album, adding another layer to the music without drowning it in complexity.

The Funeral Pyre is an accomplished effort for a debut, and I am definitely watching for Kvaen's next effort.

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