This is a review of a split album between Italy's Malauriu and Circle Of The Last Promontory called "Media Vit In Morte Sumus" which was released by Land Of Fog and we will start off the review with Malauriu a band that h as been featured before in this zine and plays a very raw form of black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with spoken word parts and traces of classical music and after the intro the music starts going into more a heavier musical direction and when the music speeds up it brings in a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats that also takes the music into more of a raw and old school black metal direction.
Vocals a re mostly grim black metal screams while some of the riffing brings in a small amount of melody while the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the last track brings in a small amount of death metal, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover death and human misery themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Malauriu and if you are a fan of r aw and old school black metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Malauriu" and "Deus Mortuorum". 8 out of 10.
Next up is Circle Of The Last Promontory a solo project that plays an ambient form of black metal.
His side of the split starts out with a very distorted guitar sound along with some spoken word parts and grim black metal screams a few seconds later and clean playing can also be heard in the music at times and when solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic and atmospheric style.
When synths are utilized they bring in elements of ambient and a couple of the tracks are long and epic in length and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and all of the songs stick either to a slow or mid paced musical direction while also speeding up briefly and bringing in a brief use of blast beats and tremolo picking that also gives the music more of a raw black metal feeling, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover dark and depressive themes.
In my opinion Circle Of The Last Promontory are a very great sounding ambient black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Rainy Solstice" and "Free And Indipendent".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of raw and ambient black metal. 8 out of 10.