This is a review of a split 7 inch between Poland's Arkona and Norway/Poland's Illness which will be released as a joint effort in September by Godz Of War Productions and Third Eye Temple and we will start off the review with Arkona a band that has been featured before in this zine and plays a raw form of pagan black metal.
Nature sounds start off their song before going into a fast and raw black metal direction along with some high pitched screams and melodic guitar leads which leads up to some grim screams and you can hear the bass guitars in their song before slowing down a bit and adding in synths to make their music sound more atmospheric while also keeping around the faster sections along with the song being 6 minutes in length with the lyrics being written in Polish and covering pagan themes and the production on their track is very raw and old school sounding.
Next up is Illness a band that plays a raw and misanthropic form of black metal.
A very dark and distorted sound starts off their track before getting a lot more heavy along with some thrash elements which leads up to more of a fast and raw black metal direction along with some grim screams and blast beats before adding in mid paced sections and spoken word parts while the song focuses more on a faster and brutal direction as well as addign in a small amount of atmospheric sounds at times, the production on their song sounds very dark, raw and heavy while the lyrics are written in Polish and cover dark and paranoia themes.
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of Polish black metal. 8 out of 10.