This is a review of a split album between Ohio's The Wakedead Gathering and Indiana's Ecferus which will be released in November by I, Voidhanger Records and we will start off the review with The Wakedead Gathering a solo project that plays a mixture of doom and death metal with a touch of black metal.
His side of the split starts out with some dark sounding doom metal riffing while the solos and leads are done in a melodic fashion which also leads to a heavier direction along with the riffs also using a great amount of dark sounding melodies as well as all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them.
Vocals are mostly deep death metal growls while the music is very heavily rooted in the early 90's along with the songs being 11 minutes in length, clean guitars can also be heard briefly as well as a brief use of grim black metal screams and when the music speeds up a small amount of blast beats can be heard, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics are based upon the writings of H.P Lovecraft.
In my opinion this is another great sounding track from The Wakedead Gathering and if you are a fan of doom/death metal with a touch of black metal, you should check out his side of the split.
Next up is Ecferus a solo project that has been featured before in this zine and plays more of a raw form of black metal on this recording.
His side of the split starts out with a very raw sound along with some grim black metal screams and drum beats a few seconds later while the sounds of battle can also be heard briefly along with the solos and leads being done in a very melodic fashion and all of the musical instruments sound very powerful.
When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a good mixture of both old school and modern influences, melodic chants can also be heard briefly in the background, the production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover evolutionary anthropology, mythology and science themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Ecferus and if you are a fan of raw black metal, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Author of Destruction".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and would recommend it to all fans of doom/death and black metal. 8 out of 10.