K kht Ar kh is the Ukrainian project founded in 2018 by Dmitry Marchenko.
The debut album Night & Love was initially released on the Finnish label Livor
Mortis in 2019 and it's now seeing a worldwide reissue via Brooklyn label
Dmitry's intent to experiment with standard black metal canons previously seen
at play in Through the Branches to Eternity EP (2018) solidify further on Night
& Love, he mentions "back then I had an idea of combining Darkthrone's
Transilvanian Hunger type of black metal with early Internazionale or Croatian
Described as ambient or atmospheric black metal, this debut presents K kht
Ar kh's signature dichotomy of harsh traditional early Norwegian black metal
and the more ethereal and delicate melodies. On the other hand the lyrics are
romantic and melancholic, clearly influenced by a stark Gothic imagery, and serve
as an extra layer of mystery to the already suggestive body of work. The album
beings with a soft acoustic intro in "As the Night Falls." before descending into
the raw and raucous "Elegy for the Memory of Me" and "Den Venstre H nd P
Den H yre", both songs that are drenched in the more traditional black metal
style of raspy, high-pitched vocals, dense, tremolo- picked riffs and fast paced
drums. It is however songs like "Night" and "Love" that really set this album apart.
"Night" is a softly spoken word ambient track that with a beautiful piano synth
work that permeates throughout it aids in the romantic delivery and conjuring of
imagery of the night. "Love" is a spellbinding and melancholic song, equal in its
romanticism but one that displays a deeper sorrow and tenderness supported by
calming field recordings of trickling water.
The intertwining of black metal, dark folk and ambient repeats itself, culminating
in a quietly hummed outro "...And Never Ends (Eternal Love)" that alludes to and
completes the album's first track.