This is a review of a split album between Russia's Sleepwalker and United Kingdom's Fen called "Stone And Sea/Call Of Ashes II" which was released by Ksenza Records and we will start off the review with Sleepwalker a band that plays an occult mixture of dark ambient, drone, post metal and ethereal.
Their side of the split starts out with acoustic guitar playing and atmospheric synths and after awhile melodic guitar leads are added onto their side of the recording along with some ethereal and ambient elements and the music also brings in a decent amount of heavy riffs and one of their tracks is very long and epic in length as well all 3 songs being instrumental and drones are added on a later track while the production sounds very professional.
In my opinion Sleepwalker are a very great sounding occult mixture of dark ambient, drone, post metal, and ethereal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Somnambulistic Trance".
Next up is Fen a band that has been featured before in this zine and plays an atmospheric form of post black metal.
Their side of the split stats out with acoustic guitar playing and post rock elements before adding in more heavy riffs and drums and after awhile clean vocals are added onto their side of the recording while also mixing in a great amount of grim black metal screams and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
During the faster sections of the songs a great amount of tremolo picking can be heard which also gives the music more of a raw black metal feeling and the tracks also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and deep growls are also used at times and when guitar leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion and most of their tracks are very long and epic in length with one song being an acoustic instrumental, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover solitude, sorrow, landscape, and nature themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Fen and if you are a fan of atmospheric, post black metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Tides Of Glass".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fns of dark ambient and atmospheric/post black metal. 8 out of 10.