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Kylver - The Island album review

Geordie quartet Kylver weather the second album storm.

Kylver - The Island album cover

Newcastle-based post-metallers Kylver have had a busy 12 months. After their debut album The Mountain Ghost stirred interest last year – winning them a place as Limelight category nominees at this year’s Prog Awards – they’ve wasted no time in leaping back into the studio for its follow-up. In true progressive fashion, a tricky-to-decipher concept (loosely: storms, shipwrecks, malevolent alien species and time travel) lies at the heart of The Island.

Unlike most concept albums, though, there are no lyrics here to guide you through the album’s twists and turns. Instead, we have Neil Elliott’s doom-laden Hammond organ and Jonny Scott’s formidable, crunching guitar riffs to lead us through perilous storms, black abysses and Sisyphean struggles, while the latter’s delicate, classic rock-inspired noodling sweeps us onto the island’s shores and into mystical worlds.

The album is a constant struggle between darkness and light, the quartet often finding the most power in their quietest moments. Trading in dark, brooding post-metal, the quartet spread out into dramatic, soaring soundscapes, while also relying on traditional prog tropes, netting them a wondrous place somewhere between Mastodon and An Endless Sporadic.

Briony is the Editor in Chief of Louder and is in charge of sorting out who and what you see covered on the site. She started working with Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Prog magazines back in 2015 and has been writing about music and entertainment in many guises since 2009. She is a big fan of cats, Husker Du and pizza.