This is a review of a split album between Finland's Kalmankantaja and Iku-Turso called "Ikuinen Tuli" which will be released in April by Wolfspell Records and we will start off the review with Kalmankantaja a band that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays an atmospheric form of black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with some melodic guitar leads and heavy riffs along with some grim black metal screams a few seconds later while the faster sections of the songs also b ring in a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
Throughout their side of the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them as well as all of the tracks being very long and epic in length, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Finnish and cover nature, solitude and nature themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Kalmankantaja and if you are a fan of raw and atmospheric black metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Tuonelan Enkeli".
Next up is Iku-Turso a band that plays a keyboard orientated form of black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with some atmospheric sounds and heavy riffs while keyboards are also mixed in with the heavier sections of the songs along with the riffs also using a decent amount of melody as well as some spoken word parts and the vocals a re mostly grim black metal screams,.
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 feeling while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as most of the tracks being very long and epic in length, when guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style and the music sounds very heavily rooted in the early 90's and clean playing can also be heard briefly on the last track, the production sounds very raw and old school while the lyrics cover dark and philosophical themes.
In my opinion Iku-Turso are a very great sounding old school keyboard orientated black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "An Organism In An Azoic Era" and "Mitosis of The Skull".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of raw , atmospheric and old school black metal, 8 out of 10.