This is a review of a split album between Germany's Panphage and Thul called "Ginnheilagr" which was originally released in 2016 and we be re-issued in May by Nordvis Produktion and we will start off the review with Thul a solo project that plays a gloomy form of dark ambient soundscapes,
His side of the split starts out with field recordings and ambient soundscapes as well as some touches of pagan and ritualistic music and all of the songs are mostly instrumental and also mix in a decent amount of nature sounds and a good portion of the tracks are long and epic in length.
Wildlife sounds are also utilized at times and melodic chanting is also utilized briefly and when synths are utilized they give the music a more atmospheric feeling while shamanistic style drums are also used briefly along with all of the tracks sounding very different from each other and there is also a brief use of clean yet distorted guitars and the production sounds very dark and raw.
In my opinion Thul are a very great sounding dark pagan/ambient solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Cannis" and "Ginnheilagr".
Next up is Panpahge continue the pagan style of black metal he is known for.
His side of the split starts out with ritualistic spoken word parts and melodic guitar leads while also adding in pagan style synths and after awhile the music starts going into a heavier direction along with a great amount of grim black metal screams and all of the musical instruments sound very powerful.
When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs a more raw black metal feeling while also mixing in a decent amount of melody into the riffing and his songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while clean singing pagan vocals are also used briefly along with a small amount of acoustic guitars, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in German and cover Anti Cosmic and Dark Germanic Heathenism.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Panphage and if you are a fan of raw and melodic pagan/black metal, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Konunger/Lopt" and "Ginnheilug God".
On conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of dark ambient and pagan/black metal. 8 out of 10.