In De Kwelm kicks off with malicious guitar riffing and opens the gates of an endless tormenting black metal madness. The band took lessons from the past and re-invented themselves with this awesome album. There were some band member changes, founding member and lead singer Uglúk quit in 2015. Guitar player Snoodaert (also founding member) gathered new members to continue.
Kludde plays the songs like unusual sharpened samurai blades cutting every brain cell in your head. The tracks are played on high speed with the deep grim vocals of Cerulian (guitar/vocals), sounding like a growling bear caved in a medieval torture chamber. Keyboards are rarely used but when sounded the atmosphere rises in a very creepy way.
Kludde uses every possible influence to re-create their gruesome approach of evil sounding madness. We could hear slights of Satyricon, Dark Funeral powered riffs, punk style guitars like GBH. The production of In De Kwelm is greasy and heavy, taking the listeners to a black metal Valhalla. We are sure this album will even get the heavy metal fans on the Kludde side. The guitars have a black ‘n roll vibe with lots of miscellany riffs and… guitar solos. On Schramoeille and Poesjkapelle the guitar solos blast very rock’n roll with a lot of surprising effects. The last track (De Laatste Reis) sounds very Black Sabbath, slow, mysterious and sludgy.
Kludde succeeded with In De Kwelm to guide us into a world of heavy sounds, growling bleak vocals, speedy riffs and pure evilness with a lot of metal sub genres woven into a wonderful depraved black metal sound. In De Kwelm is a welcome nightmare filled with dirty, wicked and pulsing demonic vibes. Kludde kicks ass with this highlight album.