This is a review of a split ep with Germany's Ancst and Czech Republic's Smutecni Slavnost, both bands that have been featured before in this zine which was released in 2014 as a joint effort between Yeholalal Tapes and Skull Witch Records and we will start off the review with Ancst a band that plays a mixture of raw black metal and crust.
Their side of the split starts off with guitar distortion and spoken word samples before going into a fast blackened crust direction along with growls and blast beats and when their side of the split goes into other songs the guitars go for a black metal route while the vocals remain in a crust style growl direction and you can also hear a good amount of d beats in the music.
As their side of the split continues clean playing is added into certain sections of the recording along with some post hardcore elements and at time s they also bring slower sections into the recording.
Song lyrics are written in German and cover social injustice, anti religion and anti fascist themes, while the production has a very raw and heavy sound to it.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Ancst and if you are a fan of blackened crust, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Condition Humana".
Next up is Smutecni Slavnost which continues their mixture of black metal, crust and noise.
Their side of the split starts up with distorted sounding black metal guitar riffs and after a minute grim screams are added into the music along with some melody shortly after that as well as bringing in slow sections at time s which also bring a depressive feeling to the recording and as time goes on by there is a brief use of spoken word parts and on the outro noise sounds are added into the recording
Song lyrics are written in Czech and cover misanthropic, anti religion and anti fascist themes, while the production has a very raw and heavy sound to it along with their main track being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Smutecni Slavnost and if you are a fan of raw black metal mixed with crust, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Jak se rozloucin".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of black metal and crust. 8 out of 10.