N.K.V.D are a band from France that plays an industrial form of communist black metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Hakmarrga" which was released by Avantgarde Music.
Spoken word samples start off the album along with some avant garde sounds a few seconds later which also leads up to elements of industrial and noise being added onto the recording and after the intro guitars make their presence known on the recording and also take the music into more of a heavier and darker direction.
When vocals are added the music they are very deep and grim sounding black metal screams that also have a semi melodic tone to them at times that kind of remind me of Atilla's material with Mayhem and the spoken word samples from the intro also make a return in certain sections of the recording.
Most of the music sticks to a slow to mid paced style of black metal throughout the recording while some of the later tracks do add some of the more raw and atmospheric elements of that genre into the bands musical style along with one song incorporating fast parts and blast beats as well as adding in a small amount of guitar leads and opera style choirs and some of the later songs also sees samples from Iron Curtain style folk music while the main focus remains more on the black metal side of things.
N.K.V.D creates a style of industrial black metal which is more guitar orientated than other bands of this genre and while still having a great amount of atmosphere and originality, th e production sound s very powerful and heavy while the lyrics are written in a mixture of French and English and cover Communism and Political themes.
In my opinion N.K.V.D are a very great sounding communist industrial black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Hakmarrja" "The Invisible Empire" "Battalion Vostok" and "Red Silence". 8 out of 10.