Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Astaroth/Intolerant/Horizon Productions/2013 Split EP Review


 This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  New  Jersey's  Astaroth  and  U.S.A's  Intolerant  which  was  released  by  Horizon  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Astaroth  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  primitive  form  of  Finnish  style  black  metal.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  not  much  in t he  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  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  a  great  amount  of  influence  from  the  Finnish  bands  along  with  some  depressive  elements  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  all  grim  sounding  black  metal s creams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Demonology  and  Antichrist  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  with  the  last  song  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion Astaroth  are  a  very  great  sounding  mid  paced  raw  and primitive  sounding  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their side  of  the  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Astaroth".  RECOMMENDED

  Next  up  is  Intolerant  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine with  a  musical  style  I  would  describe  as being  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal.

  Drums  range  from s low,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars,  as  for  the s ynths  they  bring  a  very  dark,  epic  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  recording.

   Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very heavy,  old  school  raw  and  primitive  sounding  in  the  true  90's  tradition  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on this  recording.

  Vocals  are  all  deep  black  metal  growls  and  screams  with  some  high  pitched  elements  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  medieval  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  old  school  raw  and  primitive  sound.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  recording from  Intolerant  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  old  school  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  the  music  presented  on  this  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Age  Of  Valor  Restored".  RECOMMENDED.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  old  school,  raw  and primitive  sounding  black  metal,  you should  add  this  ep  to  your  collection.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Astaroth/3540358732
https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Intolerant/3540353797

  

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