Mondovolland are a band from the Netherlands that plays a very different style of black metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Kwaade Vaart" which was released by Heidens Hart Records.
Acoustic guitar playing starts off the album giving the music a medieval folk music feeling and after a couple of minutes there is a few seconds of psychedelic sounds before heading more into a black metal direction and after the intro the music starts to get more fast and raw along with some blast beats and high pitched grim screams.
When solos and leads are added into the music they take the album into more of a melodic direction and the band also starts using a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as adding in clean singing vocals into certain sections of the recording and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and also bring in a small amount of spoken word samples at times and on some of the alter tracks the acoustic guitars from the intro also make a return and when they mix in with the melodic vocals the album starts evoking more of an avant garde atmosphere while the main focus remains on a very diverse style of black metal and every song brings in a different style while you can still tell that it is the same band on all of the tracks.
Mondovolland plays a very diverse style of black metal that is very raw and melodic yet avant garde at times as well as bringing in a touch of pagan and viking metal to make the album sound a lot more original, the production has a very powerful and heavy sound that does not take away from the raw nature of the music while the lyrics are written in Dutch and cover local folk stories and history.
In my opinion Mondovalland are a very great sounding original and diverse black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Duivelshuis" "Wanner De Hernel Bloedt" and "Mechteld". 8 out of 10.