This is a review of a split cassette between Tennessee's Twilight Fauna and Michigan's Crown Of Asteria both solo projects that h ave been featured in this zine with the recording being called "Spirit Of The Wildwood" and being released in 2013 by Red River Family Records and we will start off the review with Twilight Fauna that plays a very folk orientated form of atmospheric, depressive black metal.
"Where Earth Meets Sky" begins with some folk music acoustic guitar playing which utilizes both finger picking and full chords and sounds of nature and after awhile a distorted and melodic guitar lead makes it self a part of the song and as the song moves on a heavy black metal guitar riff makes its presence known along with some grim, depressive screams and the song stays in that direction for a few minutes before closing with nature sounds and open not riffing.
"By Starlight" begins with nature sounds and acoustic guitars as well as some percussion which leads to some whispers being going into melody chanting and the song is a 7 minute long folk piece.
Song lyrics cover nature themes, while the production has a very raw and primitive sound with both of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Twilight Fauna and if you are a fan of folk orientated atmospheric black metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Where Earth Meets Sky". RECOMMENDED.
Next up is Crown Of Asteria which plays a nature orientated form of atmospheric black metal.
"Sun Molted Bark Growth" begins with soft acoustic guitar playing which utilizes both finger picking and full chords and after a couple of minutes atmospheric black metal guitar riffs kick in along with some drums and melodic clean singing and after a couple of minutes its goes into a more primitive direction along with some synths in the background briefly and after awhile blast beats make their presence known, after awhile the chaos comes known and leads to some melodic guitar leads before going back to its heavier roots for a couple of minutes and then going into a softer direction with some synths and nature sounds as well as acoustic guitars in the background and they get more powerful sounding after awhile and then make a return to the more primitive black metal sound ans closes with a more soft and clam direction.
"Dreaming Meadows Beneath Blackened Skies" begins with acoustic guitars and nature sounds and there are no other musical instruments or vocals present and the song is an acoustic instrumental.
Song lyrics cover nature themes, while the production has a very raw and primitive sound with one of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Crown Of Asteria and if you are a fan of nature and folk orientated atmospheric black metal, you should check out their side of the recording.RECOMMENDED
In conclusion this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend to all fans of folk and atmospheric black metal. RECOMMENDED BUY.