This is a review of a split album between Russia's Abigorum and Australia's Striborg called "Spectral Shadows" which was released as a joint effort between Grimm Distribution and Death Portal Studio and we will start off the review with Abigorum who returns with his mixture of black, doom metal and ambient.
His side of the split starts out with some drum beats and soundscapes before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats along with the vocals being mostly grim black metal screams as well as the solos and leads being done in a very melodic style.
Throughout his side of the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while some of his tracks are very long and epic in length along with some spoken word parts also being used briefly as well as some tracks also adding in elements of ambient and doom metal and a couple of tracks are very long and epic in length.
On this recording Abigorum remains true to his mixture of black, doom metal and ambient, the production sounds very dark while the lyrics cover enlightenment, cosmos and death themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Abigorum and if you are a fan of black, doom metal and ambient, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Darkness Of Aeon" and "Orpheus Dream".
Next up is Striborg who moves away from black metal to create more of a mixture of ambient and electronic music.
His side of the split starts out with some electronic music elements along with some ambient style synths a few seconds later along with the track being 33 minutes in length as well as all of the music being instrumental and as the track progresses a small amount of power electronics are added into the music.
On this recording Striborg moves away from black metal to create more of a mixture of ambient and electronic music while also keeping everything instrumental and the production sounds very dark.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Striborg and while some black metal fans might not enjoy the newer direction, I can see this winning fans from underground electronic music and ambient.
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of black, doom metal, ambient and electronic music. 8 out of 10.