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Posts Tagged ‘Kaevum’

KAEVUM – KOSMOS ERWACHE (Darker Than Black)

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Kaevum - Kosmos ErwacheOn ‘Kosmos Erwache’, we are presented with almost an hour’s worth of demo material from excellent Norwegian horde Kaevum. The first five songs are culled from the ‘Prakt’ demo tape (2008); the next four come from ‘Nordnorsk Hatmusikk’, which originally saw the light of day in 2010; and a previously-unreleased ‘Brilliance Of The Stars’ completes the curse.

As with the band’s debut LP, ‘Natur’, this is superb stuff. Kaevum is one of those entities that it’s just impossible not to like. If you have any kind of an appreciation for organic-sounding, no-frills Black Metal, then this is sure to appeal to your unsophisticated palette.

Overtly raw but also obliquely melodic, the music deviates from shrill to sublime seamlessly, enchanting, entrancing and leaving the listener longing for more. All the boxes are ticked and – without further ado – the bottom line is that you’ll be hard-pressed to find better underground BM anywhere.

To my ears, this is simply fantastic Black Metal cooked using all the right ingredients and possessed by a mournful, forlorn, grim spirit that cannot be faked.

Evilometer: 666/666

KAEVUM – NATUR LP (Darker Than Black Records / Sabbath’s Fire Records)

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

This was released last year but I only discovered it a month or so back. Glad I did because ‘Natur’ is a really cool underground Black Metal album, even if it does clock in a tad on the short side at barely over the half-hour mark. Thirty minutes does not a full-length album make, in my book.

The intolerant Norwegians manage to squeeze plenty of atmosphere and gloom into their dark template, the second track ‘La Mitt Rike Komme’ being a prime example of this. Generally, however, the music is very simple, almost garage-style BM, coarse and old school, loaded with a genuine we-don’t-give-a-flying-fuck attitude.

There’s something undeniably appealing about Kaevum’s total lack of charm and subtlety. Their abrasiveness, uncompromising approach and indefatigable spirit render ‘Natur’ an interesting and oftentimes rewarding experience. Nasty and irreverent, raw and unforgiving, but with the slightest hint of variation, this is something of a hidden gem for those more attuned to menacing vibes than stellar production techniques.

A nice record to have and to hold; pity it’s not longer (the album and the review).

Evilometer: 444/666