This is a review of a split album between California's Akasha and Pennsylvania's Unrest called "Vibrations Of Blood And Hate" which was released by Grey Matter Productions and we will start off the review with Akasha a solo project that has recently had music reviewed in this zine and plays a vampyric form of black metal.
His side of the split starts out with high pitched black metal screams before going into a heavier direction which also shows an influence of the first wave era while the blast beats and tremolo picking during the faster sections of the songs also gives the music more of a raw feeling.
When guitar leads are utilized they are done in a very raw, chaotic and melodic style while some of the riffing also adds in a small amount of melody along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them as well as the songs also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and they close their side of the split with a cover of Motorhead's "Ace Of Spades", the production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover Death Worship, Spiritual/Mental Vampirism, Nihilism and Hate themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Akasha and if you are a fan of raw and vampiric black metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Life Force Control".
Next up is unrest another band that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very raw and hateful form of black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with ritualistic sounding synths before going into a heavier and melodic musical direction which also introduces high pitched black metal screams onto the recording while the tremolo picking and blast beats during the f aster sections of the music also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
Throughout their side of the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some dark soundscapes also being used briefly on one of the later tracks, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover hateful and misanthropic themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Unrest and if you are a fan of raw and hateful black metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Eternity".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of raw black metal. 8 out of 10.