Kvell's brilliant Damned Journey for the Unholy War demo was featured way back in the Hearse's infancy when I posted a spotlight on the bizarre world of Korean Black Metal. The hallmark of these Korean kults is the presence of a caustic surface hiss that coats these demos in an arcane filth, like an old photograph or a favorite tape that has been played too many times. Kvell is no exception, and while the intro and outro pieces on Unholy Gate to the Dark Abyss, with fumbling surfy guitars are the most compelling moments on this album, the "regular" Black Metal tracks are so washed out and confusing it's hard not to love it. Kvell is almost more of a power electronics/drone band, whether this was their intent is unknown but it works incredibly well. Anything you can find on the Nerbilous label out of Korea is worth whatever you might pay for it. Seriously.