This is a review of a split album from Austin, Texas's Ravnblod and U.S.A's Necrocaine which was released by Red River Family Records in 2013 and we will start off the review with Ravnblod a band that has recently had their 2012 demo reviewed by this zine.
"Lyst" begins with amplifier distortion which leads to some fast primitive black metal guitar riffs, high pitched screams and blast beats and after a couple of minutes the riffs slow down for awhile and start using some open note riffing and tortured screams before reverting back to a fast and primitive sound.
"Grav" begins with some nature sounds before going into slow, primitive guitar riffs, real drum beats as opposed to t he programmed beats on the demo as well as some melodic clean singing which lead turns into black metal vocals as well as taking the song into a more mid paced direction while having faster drums and then the song goes into a slower direction and brings back some melodic vocals before reverting back to black metal screams but keeping the melodic elements in certain parts and a few seconds later pianos become a part of the song and close it.
"Nedfelt" begins with some slow, distorted and primitive guitar riffs along with some grim black metal vocals and drums and after awhile the guitar riffs get more faster along with some deeper growls being utilized as well as some noise style distortion and then returning to a slower direction for a few seconds before adding in some drone elements and spoken word samples.
"Kalken" begins with some dark guitar riffs and melodic chanting as well as some sound effects and closes their side of the recording.
Song lyrics cover self sacrifice, doubt, anti christian, isolation and indulgence themes, while the production has a very dark, raw and primitive sound to it.
In my opinion this is another great recording from Ravnblod with all of the songs being on past releases and if you are a fan of raw and primitive sounding black metal, you should check out t heir side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Lyst" and "Nedfelt". RECOMMENDED.
Next up is Necrocaine a band that plays a very raw and primitive form of black metal but with other elements.
"Circle Pit Of Despair" begins with some heavy distortion which leads to some fast and primitive sounding black metal guitar riffs, drums and grim screams and then the song adds in a brief use of blast beats and you can hear the distortion throughout the song.
"Drunk And Alone In A Dying Forest" begins with some primitive guitar riffs, drums and high pitched screams and start getting faster shortly after that and a minute later the song goes into a slower direction which also closes the song.
"Inhale, Graveyard Failure" begins with some heavy distortion, fast and primitive guitar riffs, drums and grim black metal vocals and after awhile blast beats start kicking in briefly and after while the riffs start changing around while remaining true to black metal before going into a slow direction and adding in elements of doom metal before changing the riff into a cleaner one while still having distortion on top of it which leads to a return to a more black metal sound but also bringing in some melodic leads as well as the vocals sounding more tortured which then leads to another riff this time more in the old school black metal tradition but also utilizing some doom elements again as the song moves on and towards the end there is a brief use of dark sounding guitar leads.
"Kill The Hobo" which is also sounds exactly like the previous song begins with heavy distortion, fast and primitive guitar riffs, drums and black metal vocals and a few seconds later it gets alot more fast and brings blast beats into the mix for a few seconds, then the song goes into a different black metal guitar riff which starts slowing down after awhile and then goes into a cleaner direction a few seconds later while also keeping around the heavy guitars and returning to a more primitive black metal direction shortly after that and after awhile it slows down and starts utilizing some melodic guitar leads, the song around the 9 minute mark bring in an old school black metal guitar riff which also utilize some dark sounding melodies which leads to the song going into a more slow doom metal direction while maintaining the black metal vocals.
"Bag Of Screws" begins with some ambient/drone sound effects which then lead to some heavy and melodic guitar riffs along with some drums and after awhile the music goes more into a doom metal direction and after awhile it brings in some dark sounding melodies.
Song lyrics cover dark, hateful and violent themes, while the production has a very dark, raw and primitive sound along with a couple of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Necrocaine are a very great sounding raw and primitive black metal band with some doom elements as well as the best music on this album and if you are a fan of t his musical genre, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Circle Pit Of Despair" and "Drunk And Alone In A Dying Forest". RECOMMENDED.
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split album and i would recommend it to all fans of raw and primitive black metal. RECOMMENDED BUY.