This is a review of a split from 2 international bands from Europe Ancient Moon and Prosternatur with the album being called "Secretum Secretorum" which will be released in June by Iron Bonehead Productions and we will start off the review with Ancient Moon a band that has been featured before in this zine and and on this recording plays an atmospheric and ambient form of occult black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with some melodic guitar yet dissonant guitar leads before going into a faster direction which also uses a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking which also gives the music more of a raw feeling along with their track being over 18 minutes in length.
Vocals are grim black metal screams which also uses some melodic singing at times while the spoken word parts gives the song more of a ritualistic atmosphere along with the song also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts, the production sounds very dark while the lyrics cover Western Occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding track from Ancient Moon and if you are a fan of atmospheric and ambient occult black metal, you should check out their side of the split.
Next up is Prosternatur a band that plays an occult form of black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with some dark ambient style synths which also gives the songs more of a ritualistic feeling before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also uses a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking along with the vocals being mostly grim black metal screams.
Synths also mix in with the heavier sections of the songs at times while melodic leads is also added into some parts of the music along with the tracks also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as a couple of songs also bringing in a brief use of clean playing and ritualistic spoken word parts, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover Sumerian Occultism and Ritualistic themes.
In my opinion Prosternatur are a very great sounding occult black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Zi Dinger Isatum Kanpa!".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of occult black metal. 8/5 out of 10.