Laho

by Kval

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H.L.
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H.L. KVAL play excellent epic and atmospheric Finnish black metal. Rough, but also very beautiful and often surprisingly melodic. The pace is mainly somewhere between creeping and mid-tempo but that makes the dark anthems really intense and gloomy. Strong album! Favorite track: Laho.
Sonny92
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Sonny92 This, Finn Kval's second release under that banner, consists, principally, of gorgeously melodic atmospheric black with a bite and an edge to it in the vein of WiTTR. A change of pace is offered by a couple of neo-folk and ambient pieces, particularly the albums gentle coda, Kaihon kuiskaus. All in all, head and shoulders above the majority of one-man atmo-black outfits swarming to attract your attention in the ever-burgeoning black metal miasma. Favorite track: Laho.
Katimavik86
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Katimavik86 Melody and atmosphere share the front seat. More of a spring feeling than a winter one... if that makes any sense. Favorite track: Pohjanriitti.
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    Kval’s second full-length chapter, printed on a 6 panel digipack with album artwork from Moonroot Art

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    9cm rounded woven patch, with a merrowed edge. Features the Kval sigil designed by Moonroot Art

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Two summers ago, Finnish Black Metal project Kval released their debut self-titled album, an album which was originally released under the moniker Khaossos in 2015. Kval has spent the past few months writing and refining the tracks for their follow-up release, entitled Laho, the first album to be written for Kval from the start.

Compared to the previous album, Laho ("Rotten" in English) has a brighter and more colorful atmosphere musically while the lyrical themes on Laho references the decay and rot of the forest floor, applied as a metaphor for the human mind. Our inability to live in the moment, the loss of innocence, and the ever-present corrosion of our optimism and descent into cynicism encompass the themes of Laho, wrapped in captivating and entrancing Atmospheric Black Metal.

As with the previous self-titled album, fitting and imaginative hand-drawn cover art was crafted by Moonroot Art. Laho will be presented as a 6 panel digipack and released on Hypnotic Dirge Records on May 23, 2019.

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released May 23, 2019

"This is engrossing, utterly absorbing atmospheric black metal that has moved beyond the confines of its original birthing grounds, and now operates in increasingly rarefied territories. Laho fulfills all of the promise shown previously by Kval, and produces an album that is emotive and captivating."
-Wonderbox Metal

"Dedicated to forest floor decay as an allegory for brain-rot, Laho is ceaseless in its persistence and beautiful in its grimness. Kval has been simultaneously delicate and existentially unstoppable with this release, offering extended moments of gentle reprieve from the black metal onslaught to pad the album’s dynamics. This is an album of many dualities — slow/fast, big/small, hard/soft — and exploring each one through its atmospheric lens results in joyous but devastating listens."
-Invisible Oranges

"Laho is a work of utmost beauty and conviction, and coupled with their debut album, is sure to establish Kval as a major name within the genre."
-Astral Noize

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Kval - music, vocals, bass, drums, keybaords, kantele
Wntrbrnr - guitars, mixing, mastering

Album art by: Moonroot Art
Artist pictures by Marko Kivimäe, Howls of Winter V, February 16, 2018

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