This is a review of a compilation album from Minnesota's Amiensus and Oak Pantheon which contains their "Gathering I" ep of 2013 and "Gathering II" ep in 2018 and will be released on a single album in May of 2019 as a joint effort between Casus Belli Musica and Beverina and we will start the review with the tracks from Amiensus a band that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays a progressive form of black metal.
Their side of the compilation starts out with some acoustic guitars which also add elements of folk music onto the recording. Atmospheric and folk elements can also be heard in the heavier sections of the music and all of their tracks are very long and epic in length as well as the music getting very progressive at times.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style while the vocals bring in a mixture of grim black metal screams and clean vocals. During the faster sections of the music a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can also be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the music also mixing in a great amount of post metal elements. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover philosophy, theology, psychology, and mythology themes.
In my opinion these are some very great sounding tracks from Amiensus and if you are a fan of progressive black metal, you should check out t heir side of t he split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Arise".
Next up is Oak Pantheon another band that has also had music reviewed before in this zine and plays an atmospheric form of post black metal with elements of folk music.
Their side of the split starts out with some heavy yet melodic riffing which also adds in a touch of goth rock. All of the musical instruments on their side of the recording have a very powerful sound to them while the vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams and most of their tracks are very long and epic in length.
When tremolo picking and blast beats are utilized it gives their music more of a raw feeling. When acoustic guitars are utilized they bring in elements of progressive and folk music along with some spoken word parts also being utilized briefly while clean vocals and death metal growls are also utilized at times and on the closing track they team up with Amiensus. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover nature and philosophy themes.
In my opinion these are some very great sounding tracks from Oak Pantheon and if you are a fan of atmospheric post black metal with elements of folk music, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "A Gathering".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of atmospheric, progressive and post black metal. 8 out of 10.