Vvon Dogma I – The Kvlt of Glitch (Review)

Vvon Dogma I - The Kvlt of GlitchThis is the debut album from Canadian experimental metal band Vvon Dogma I.

The Kvlt of Glitch contains 45 minutes of modern music that combines aspects of progressive, technical, avant-garde, industrial, and nu-metal. Elements of djent, electronica, ambient, and orchestral sounds enrich the music too, making for a very textured, unusual, and multifaceted release.

The Kvlt of Glitch is an album that’s varied and rich. It takes a massive amount of different ingredients from a range of sources, and cooks them all together into ten idiosyncratic and individual tracks. There’s an overarching framework that they all sit within, one which seems to be an emergent property of the complexity they all contain. Each song is a fresh exploration of the artist behind the music’s vision for his music, (and not just his, as there’s a Radiohead cover here too).

The songwriting is detailed and intricate. The songs are mostly very busy, and there’s a lot going on, but it’s all tightly controlled and forged into the final atypical structures that you find on The Kvlt of Glitch. The vocoder vocals are my least favourite part of the whole – I would have preferred them without this – but even these aren’t the dealbreakers that they might have been in another’s hands.

This absolutely, positively, definitely won’t be for everyone, but if you’re in the market for something a bit different and potentially challenging, then check this out. If you’re a fan of bands such as Scale the Summit, Synaptic Glitch, Cynic, Meshuggah, Animals as Leaders, Sleep Token, Unprocessed, and OU, then put this on your radar.


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