This is a review of a split ep between Ukraine's Drudkh and Sweden's Grift 2 bands that have had albums reviewed before by this zine and this album will be released in September by Nordvis Produktion and is called "betrayed By The Sun/Hagriner" and we will start off the review with Drudkh which continues the atmospheric and epic black metal sound of previous recordings.
Their side of the split starts out with a very fast and raw black metal sound that also uses a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking while you can also h ear all of the musical instruments that are present on their side of the recording and the riffs also use a decent amount of melody.
Vocals are mostly grim black metal screams and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and both of their tracks are very long and epic in length and the music also brings in a great amount of modern atmospheric elements and there is also a brif use of melodic chants, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover nature themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Drudkh and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "His Twenty Fourth-Spring".
Next up is Grift a solo project that also plays a very atmospheric form of black metal.
His side of the split starts out with water sounds and after a few seconds acoustic guitars are added onto his side of the recording and after a couple of minutes heavy and melodic guitar riffs are added onto the recording along with some depressive black metal vocals and both of his tracks are very long and epic in length.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they bring in more of a modern and melodic atmospheric black metal style while also mixing the acoustic and heavy parts together at times and there is also a brief use of folk instruments and when the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the music more of a raw edge while the songs stick mostly to either a slow or mid paced musical direction, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Swedish and cover a mans struggle to find his path in a primitive world.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Grift and is you are a fan of atmospheric black metal, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Cirkeln".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of atmospheric black metal. 8 out of 10.