Kvilla are a band from the United Kingdom that plays a mixture of post black metal, hardcore, pink and shoegaze and this is a review of their self released 2020 album "The Ward".
A very dark and apocalyptic sounding intro starts off the album while spoken word samples can also be heard in the background before going into a heavier musical direction. Vocals are a mixture of hardcore style growls and black metal screams along with the riffs also adding in a decent amount of dark sounding melodies.
All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them while the faster sections of the songs also add in a decent amount of blast beats. The songs also mix in a great amount of post metal elements along with the guitar solos and leads also being done in a very dark yet melodic style when they are utilized as well as adding in touches of shoegaze.
At times the music also captures the raw energy of punk rock along with the mid tempo sections of the songs also showing an influence of metalcore. When the music speeds up a small amount of blast beats can also be heard as well as one track also adding in a brief use of clean playing and the tracks also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts, programmed beats can also be heard on the closing track. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion Kvilla are a very great sounding mixture of post black metal, hardcore, punk and shoegaze and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Stigma" "Red Pill" and "Swan". 8 out of 10.