This is a review of a self released split album between Naples, Florida's Agga and Baghdad, Iraq's Erragal called "By The Fiery Scimitar Of Shamash" and we will start of the review with Agga which plays a very atmospheric form of Sumerian black metal with a thrash edge.
Drums range from slow to mid paced to fast drumming with some blast beats being thrown into the music at times, while the synths bring a very dark atmospheric, ambient and occult sound to the music with some Sumerian scales being utilized, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.
Rhythm guitars range from slow to mid paced black metal riffs that are very dark, raw and primitive sounding with some thrash influences being thrown into the riffing as well as some dark sounding melodies, while the lead guitar are all Sumerian sounding scales.
Vocals are mostly grim sounding and high pitched ritualistic black metal screams that have a melodic tone to them as well as some deep demonic growls and clean singing chanting, while the lyrics cover Sumerian Occultism and Magick, as for the production it has a very dark, raw and primitive sound to it with the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Agga are a very great sounding raw and primitive Sumerian black metal band with a thrash edge and if you are a fan of this style of music, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "When The Tablets Of Destiny Are Broken" and "Flight Of Suhgurim". RECOMMENDED.
Next up is Erragal a band that has recently been featured in this zine that mixes ritualistic dark ambient with Sumerian occult black metal.
Drums range from slow to mid paced drumming with not much in the way of fast playing or blast beats, while the synths bring a very dark, ritualistic and ambient sound to the music, as for the sound effects they bring distorted sounds to the music.
Vocals are all demonic sounding black metal screams and growls, while the lyrics cover Sumerian Magick and Occultism, as for the production it has a very dark, raw and primitive sound with the songs not either being too long or short.
In my opinion this is another great recording from Erragal with the music being more ritualistic and black metal influenced than the newer material and if you are a fan of ritualistic dark ambient mixed with black metal, you should check this recording out. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Those Ov Royal Blood" and "Shapash". RECOMMENDED.
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and if you are a fan of ritualistic Sumerian black metal mixed with dark ambient, you should add this to your collection. RECOMMENDED BUY.