Kvaen are a solo project from Sweden along with some session musicians that plays a melodic form of black metal with some elements of viking and speed metal and this is a review of his album "The Funeral Pyre" which will be released in 2020 by Black Lion Records.
A very heavy and melodic Swedish influenced sound starts off the album while the faster sections of the songs also add in a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams as well as the music also mixing in a great amount of speed and thrash metal elements.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the solos and leads are also done in a very melodic style as well as having their old school moments while clean playing and viking metal influences are also added into certain sections of the recording.
The songs also add in a decent mixture of both old school and modern influences as well as the songs also adding in a good balance between slow, mid paced and fast parts. Keyboards can also be heard at times, some of the tracks are also long and epic in length and as the album progresses the music also gets more atmospheric sounding and the recording closes with an instrumental track. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Vikings, Ragnarok, Cold Steel and Death themes.
In my opinion Kvaen is a very great sounding mixture of melodic black, viking and speed metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Revenge By Fire" "The Wolves Throne" and "Bestial Winter". 8 out of 10.
“Yee Naaldlooshii”: YOUTUBE || SPOTIFY || DEEZER
“The Funeral Pyre”: YOUTUBE || SPOTIFY || DEEZER || NO CLEAN SINGING Premiere