This is a review of a split album between Argentina's Ancient Gate and Russia's Wintaar called "Morbid Gates Of Winter" which was self released in 2019 and we will start off the review with Ancient Gate who returns with his old school and atmosphere style of black metal.
His side of the split starts out with some raw tremolo picking along with some grim yet high pitched black metal screams. Most of the music is also very heavily rooted in the 90's era while all of the musical instruments on his side of the recording have a very powerful sound to them.
When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard along with the riffs also adding in some melodies. Both of the tracks are very long and epic in length and also adds in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as the guitar solos and leads being done in a very melodic style, when keyboards are utilized they also give the songs more of an atmospheric feeling. The production sounds very raw and old school while the lyrics cover horror, legends and cosmos themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Ancient Gate and if you are a fan of atmospheric and old school black metal, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Beholding Dead Horizons".
Next up is Wintaar a solo project that plays a very raw and old school form of black metal.
His side of the split starts out with a very fast and raw sound which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. Vocals are mostly high pitched black emtal screams while the songs also add in a great amount of 90's influences and the guitar leads are done in a very dark yet melodic style.
Melodies can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing along with the music also capturing a very lo-fi atmosphere at times as well as adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and towards the end a brief use of growls can also be heard. The production sounds very raw and old school while the lyrics cover winter, nature and night themes.
In my opinion Wintaar are a very great sounding raw and old school black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out his side of t he split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Hail To Eternal Night". 8 out of 10.
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of raw, atmospheric and old school black metal. 8 out of 10.