On Kravaal we are treated to a traditional blackened sound that’s been augmented with modern elements. Krvl combine a 90s second wave influence with a modern black metal approach that sees them injecting aspects of sludge, post-metal, and doom into their music.
The band’s overall songwriting style emphasises atmosphere and emotive mood. Melody is used to enrich the music, building additional feeling into the atmosphere-heavy bleak distortion. The doom-drenched slower sections, when they appear, work well, as do the introspective post-metal parts. Faster aggression and rhythmic blackened groove form the bulk of the delivery, both of which are performed with skill.
The primary vocal style is that of piercing screams, which curiously remind me of both depressive black metal and melodic death metal in their delivery. It is good to hear growls being used from time to time too, as I like that in my black metal.
Kravaal is a solid and enjoyable record that speaks of great promise from this new band.
A recommended listen; make sure you check out what Krvl have to offer.