Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Thunderbolt/Black Clouds Over Dark Majesty/Kataxu/Roots Thunder/Ancestral Research Records/2001 CD Review

This is a review of a split album between 2 bands from Poland Thunderbolt and Kataxu which was released by Ancestral Research Records during the year of 2001 and we will start of the review with Thunderbolts part of the split "Black Clouds Over Dark Majesty".

Thunderbolt play a style on this split not I would describe as being n.s satanic/pagan/black metal that is very raw.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast with alot of brutal blast beats being thrown in at times, while the keyboards are only used for background effects and dont overdominate the music, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone which is kind of mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars range rom slow, midpaced to fast raw black metal riffs with some melodies being used at times and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on this music, as for the classical guitars they utilized alot finger picking to bring a pagan feel to the music.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams with some ocassional deep growls, while the lyrics cover Satanism, Mational Socialism and Slavic Paganism, as for the production it has a very dark, raw and heavy sound to it.

In my opinion the music from Thunderbolt as really good on this split and if you are looking for some classic raw satanic/pagan/ns metal you shopuld check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS ""Shadows Of The Deepest Night" and "The Song Of Glory".

Now we will review Kataxu's half of the slot "Roots Thunder".

Kataxu plays a style that I would describe as being atmospheric raw ns/pagan/black metal.

Drums range from slow to midpaced drumming with some ocassional fast playing and blast beats, while the keyboards are very dark/avant garde and atmospheric sounding with alot of epic pagan elements, as for the bass playing it has a very powerful tone with times with some dark sounding slow to midpaced beats.

Rhythm guitars are slw to midpaced raw/pagan/black metal riffs with some ocassional faster riffing, and there are little to know lead guitar solos or leads present on this recording.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams, while the lyrics cover Slavic Paganism and National Socialism, as for the production, it is very dark and raw sounding.

In my opinion the music that Kataxu puts on this split is very good atmospheric ns/pagan/black metal and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS "My Name From The Forest" and "Roots Thunder".

In my opinion this is a great split from Thunderbolt and Kataxu wth Thunderbolt having the best music on this split, I would recemmonded this classic for any ns black metal collection. RECEMMONDED BUY.

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