This is a review of a split ep between Germany's Ancst and King Apathy which will be released in September as a joint effort by Supreme Chaos Records Alerta Antifachista Records and we will start off the review with Ancst a band that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of melodic black metal, ambient, and crust punk.
Their side of the split starts out with atmospheric soundscapes which also adds in elements of ambient as well as the riffs bringing in a great amount of melody when they are added onto the recording which also leads up to a heavier musical direction and the vocals are mostly angry screams.
Elements of post hardcore can be heard in the music at times and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard along with some elements of atmospheric black metal while a great amount of crust and d beat elements can heard in the music, when solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion and the first track is very long and epic in length along with all of the musical instruments sounding very powerful while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Ancst creates another recording that remains true to their black metal and crust punk mixture of previous releases, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics cover political and social capitalism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Ancst and if you are a fan of black metal and crust, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Gehenna Of Fire.
Next up is King Apathy a band that plays a melodic mixture of post black metal, crust, metalcore and hardcore punk.
Their side of the split starts out with melodic post hardcore style guitar leads along with some angry screams a few a seconds alter that mix black metal and metalcore together along with the music also sounding very modern and clean playing can also be heard briefly along with some elements of hardcore punk.
When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard while the riffs also bring in a decent amount of melody along with the focus being more on a mid tempo style, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Anarchism and Environmentalism themes.
In my opinion King Apathy don't do much for me with their post hardcore and black metal mixture but might appeal to fans of this genre.
In conclusion, while I enjoyed the material from Ancst I could not get into the following band , so I can only recommend the first side of the split. 6/5 out of 10.