This is a review of a split ep between Kyrgyzstan/Germany's Darkestrah and Saudi Arabia's AlNamrood called "Akyr Zaman/Tajer Al Punqia" nwhich was released by Shaytan Productions and we will start off the review with Darkestrah a band that plays epic black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with nature sounds along with some melodic chanting along with some epic sounding keyboards a few seconds later as well as adding in more of a heavier sound and grim black metal screams while some of t he riffs also bring in a small amount of melody and after awhile the music starts to speed up along with more of a raw sound and blast beats.
The song also brings in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and they also mix the heavy and atmospheric parts together and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and there is also a brief use of clean singing which gives the music a ritualistic feeling, and their song is 10 minutes in length, t he production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover Paganism and Turkish History.
In my opinion Darkestrah are a very great sounding epic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out their side of the split.
next up is AlNamrood a band that has been featured before in the zine and plays black metal with a touch of oriental folk music.
Their side of the split starts out with drums and melodic yet rough vocals as well as speeding up and adding in blast beats while the riffing can also get very melodic at times which also leads to the vocals using more black metal screams and the music also starts mixing in more Middle Eastern music elements and both of their tracks bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts, t he production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover Arabian history.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from AlNamrood and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out their side of the split.
In conclusion i feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of epic or folk influenced black metal. 8 out of 10.