This is a review of a split album between Poland's Black Altar and Norway's Beastcraft called "Occult Ceremonial Rites/Winds Ov Decay" which will be released on November 30th by Odium Records and we will start off the review with Black Altar a band that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very raw form of satanic black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with dark yet ritualistic soundscapes while Gregorian chants can also be heard briefly before going into a heavier musical direction and when the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the music a more raw feeling.
Vocals are mostly grim black metal screams while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some dissonant structures and when spoken word parts are utilized they give the songs more of a ritualistic feeling as well as the solos and leads being done in a very dark and melodic fashion and you can also hear a decent amount of melody in the guitar riffing and they also bring in a Beastcraft cover and close their side of the split with a remixed track.
Black Altar creates another recording that remains true to the satanic style of black metal from previous releases, the production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover satanism, misanthropy, darkness and evil themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Black Altar and if you are a fan of satanic black metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Tophet" and "Pentagram Sacrifice'.
Next up is Beastcraft a band that plays a satanic form of black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with a very dark sounding intro along with some ritualistic spoken word parts before going intro a fashion direction while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic fashion as well as the riffing also bringing in a decent amount of melody.
Vocals are mostly grim black metal screams while one of their tracks is very long and epic in length along with the music being very traditional yet modern at the same time as well as one of the tracks being recorded live and the music sticks mostly to a slow or mid tempo direction and when the music finally speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs a more raw feeling.
Beastcraft plays a style of satanic black metal which is very traditional and raw sounding while still maintaining a modern touch, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Satanism, Death, Necromancy and Anti Christian themes.
In my opinion Beastcraft are a very great sounding raw and satanic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Deathcraft And Necromancy" and "In Thy Glory".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and would recommend it to all fans of satanic black metal. 8/5 out of 10.