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Review: Kūka'ilimoku - Pu'ukoholā Soil
Pu'ukoholā Soil

Label: Knife Vision
Year released: 2019
Duration: 12:25
Tracks: 4
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: November 12, 2021
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Readers Rating
Pu'ukoholā Soil

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)

Kūka'ilimoku (an incarnation of the god of war Kū, which roughly translates to "Kū of the Maggot Filled Mouth) is a solo project run by Kūwāha'ilo that has already released a slurry of EPs, demos, and singles within barely two years. They stand out by not only coming from Hawaii of all places, but also incorporating Hawaiian history in their lyrical themes, which is largely unheard of in Metal as far as I know. I wish I could say they stood out just as much with their music, but this is really pretty standard early Darkthrone worship, albeit a bit punkier than you typically hear. For what it's worth, this is pretty good Darkthrone worship, with an appropriately raw and dirty production, heavily distorted gargles, and jagged, jangling riffs that make up for their lack of depth with sheer hatred and malice. I wish there was more to say about it, as it's enjoyable while it's on and thematically novel, but if you've heard A Blaze in the Northern Sky, you've heard most every idea that Pu'ukoholā Soil has. Still, if all of their releases are at least this good, I'd say that anyone who can't get enough of the stuff will find plenty to love with Kūka'ilimoku.

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