This is a review of a split album between West Virginia's Torrid Husk and Greece's End called "Swallow Matewon" which will be released in September by Grimoire Records and we will start off the review with Torrid Husk a band that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very melodic and depressive style of black metal with some elements of sludge.
Their side of the split starts out with a very melodic and raw black metal sound that also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on their side of the recording and after awhile grim screams are added into the music.
The songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and growls along with melodic singing can also be heard at times and the solos and leads also use a great amount of melody and there is also a brief use of clean guitars and after awhile the music starts getting more depressive and all 3 of t heir tracks are very long and epic in length while the slower sections of t he songs bring in elements of sludge.
Torrid Husk on this recording takes the raw, melodic and depressive sides of black metal and mixes them together with a touch of sludge to create something very different, the production sounds very raw yet powerful at the same time while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Torrid Husk and if you are a fan of raw, melodic and depressive black metal, you should check out their side of the split.
Next up is End a band that has had an album reviewed before in this zine and plays an atmospheric form of black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with avant garde sounds before going into more of a heavy and melodic direction where you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on their side of the recording and the vocals a re mostly grim black metal screams and thunder sounds along with spoken word parts can also be heard briefly.
Most of their tracks are very long and epic in length and during the faster sections of the songs tremolo picking along with blast beats can be heard which also gives the music more of a raw black metal feeling and the guitar leads also use a great amount of melody and after awhile the music starts getting more atmospheric along with a small amount of clean guitars and they close their side of the split with a cover of Amebix's "Winter".
End plays a style of black metal on this recording t hat has its traditional and raw moments while also getting very atmospheric at times, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover existentialism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from End and if you are a fan of raw and atmospheric black metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Virga".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of raw, atmospheric, melodic and depressive black metal. 8 out of 10.