This is a review of a split album between Iceland/Norway's Curse and Sweden's Styggelse and WAN called Necroholic" which was released as a joint effort between Satanath Records, Black Plague Records and The True Plague and we will start off the album with Curse a band that plays a very raw form of thrash influenced black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with a very raw yet melodic old school black metal sound that uses a good amount of blast beats along with some high pitched screams and the music also brings in elements of punk and thrash in both the riffs and vocals while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
The solos and leads also use a great amount of melody while some of the vocals have a very different yet grim approach to the genre with its semi melodic tone and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and they close their side of the split with a cover of Motorhead's "Ace Of Spades", the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics cover dark and violent themes.
In my opinion Curse are a very great sounding raw yet melodic thrash influenced black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "War Of One".
Next up is Styggelse a band that plays a very raw and old school form of black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with drum beats and noisy distortion that evolves into a raw black metal style that is heavily influenced by both the first and second wave along with some grim screams and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the solos and leads also add in a touch of rock'n'roll and punk to the bands musical style.
Some of the faster riffs also mix in a small amount of blast beats from the drums and their is also a brief use of back up gang shouts and some thrash influences and while the music has an old school feeling the way it is produced sounds more modern, the production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover hateful, satanic and anti christian themes.
In my opinion Styggelse are a very great sounding raw old school black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Stay true To Satan For Eternity".
Closing the split is WAN a band that has been featured before in this zine and plays a raw and satanic form of black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with a very raw and old school 90's influenced black metal sound and after a few seconds grim black metal screams make their presence known in the songs and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard while some of the riffs also bring in a small amount of melody that almost has a first wave feeling at times.
Throughout their side of the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and none of the songs ever utilize any guitar solos and leads while their side of the split remains very heavy from first to last track which also sees spoken word parts and back up shouts being added into the music, the production has a very raw yet powerful and heavy sound while the lyrics cover satanism, darkness and hateful themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from WAN and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Dirty Bastards".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to fans of old and school black metal that like hearing this genre with a more modern production. 8 out of 10.