This is a review of a split album between Netherland's Heervader and Finland's Ancestors Blood which was released by Heidens Hart Records and we will start off the review with Heervader a band that plays a very raw form of pagan black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with whispers before adding in acoustic guitars that also gives the music a pagan folk music feeling before going into more of a heavy and melodic musical direction along with some some grim black metal screams and the riffs also go for more of a raw take on the genre and also adds in pagan chants at times.
All of the musical instruments present on their side of the recording have a very powerful sound to them and atmospheric elements along with ritualistic spoken word parts can also be heard at times and the solos and leads also remain true to a very melodic musical direction and most of their tracks are long and epic in length and most of the music sticks to a mid paced tempo throughout their side of the recording.
Heervader plays a style of pagan black metal that is very raw and goes back to the more underground 90's style of the genre and recaptures the classic European sound, the production sounds very raw and old school while the lyrics cover European Paganism Rituals and Myths.
In my opinion Heervader are a very great sounding raw, pagan/black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Berserkganger".
next up is Ancestors Blood a band that has been featured before in this zine and plays a raw form of pagan/black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with a very dark, raw, heavy and atmospheric sound that uses epic sounding synths and the vocals are done in a very grim yet high pitched approach to black metal along with some depressive elements being utilized at times and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Most of their tracks are long and epic in length and the music is very heavily rooted in the early 90's style of pagan/black metal and when solos and leads are introduces on the second track they bring even more of a melodic style to the bands musical sound and they also bring in a couple of live tracks and the songs stick to either a slow or mid paced musical direction.
Ancestors Blood creates another pagan/black metal recording that is very raw, epic and old school and also bring in a synth sound that does not overpower the music, the production sounds very raw and old school, while the lyrics cover Paganism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Ancestors Blood and if you enjoy epic, raw pagan black metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Ritual Of The Sacred Dance".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fan s of pagan/black metal. 8 out of 10.