|Review: Kvist - For Kunsten Maa Vi Evig Vike|
|For Kunsten Maa Vi Evig Vike|
Label: Avantgarde Music
Year released: 1996
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: January 7, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:For Kunsten Maa Vi Evig Vike
Rated 4.04/5 (80.83%) (24 Votes)
This is the only album by this now-defunct Norwegian band (they did release a demo before this album.) Just one of these albums I bought, listened to it a couple of times and forgot about it. Hey, it happens. :) Kvist are pretty much in the same line as other Norwegian black metal bands of the time, fast-paced raw BM with some keyboards in the background, at times reminding me of pre-sucking Dimmu Borgir, but the comparison ends there as this is in no way a Dimmu clone. The band avoids the pitfall of going a bit too "fruity" with the keyboards and overall manage to keep them in check and generate the grim atmosphere you expect from a black metal album, rather than some happy-sounding crap (examples of that are aplenty nowadays.) All is not fine and dandy since there are a couple of times where they should have ditched the keyboards, but that's not bad enough to lose sleep over.
Other than the keyboards, Kvist focuses on playing it fast and raw, sometimes maybe a bit too raw and things go out of focus a little, but once again this is not an issue big enough to discredit the overall material presented here. Think early Immortal and Marduk with a hint of Darkthrone as to what to expect here. The vocals are low-key BM vocals, with lyrics in Norwegian although with these kind of vocals, I'm not sure that makes much of a difference to the vast majority of the prospective listeners. :)
This is a good enough album that it makes it regrettable that the band split up several years ago without releasing anything else. The booklet is minimal, with only some art, the song titles and the date/place of recording, so it's difficult to say if the members went to other bands afterwards. Nevertheless, "For Kunsten Maa VI Evig Vike" is a good pick for those who can't get enough of mid-90s Norwegian Black Metal.
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