Kiova are a band from Finland that plays a mixture of post black, sludge metal and hardcore and this is a review of their 2020 ep "Empty Fields And Smoked-Filled Skies" which will be released on October 30th as a joint effort between Off and Maniyax Records.
A very hard and heavy sound starts off the ep while the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody and post hardcore elements. Vocals are a mixture of sludge style growls and black metal screams along with all of the musical instruments on the recording also having a very powerful sound to them.
The songs also add in a decent amount of d beat elements while all of the tracks are also very long and epic in length. Clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording along with the solos and leads also being done in a very melodic post metal style as well as all of the music sticking to either a slow or mid tempo direction and when the music finally speeds up a small amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can also b e heard.
Kiova plays a musical style that takes post black, sludge metal and hardcore and mixes them together to create a sound of their own. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Slavic mythology and the writings of H.P Lovecraft.
In my opinion Kiova are a very great sounding mixture of post black, sludge metal and hardcore and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACK "From Man Of God To Voracious Beast". 8 out of 10.