This is a review of a split album between California's Hvile I Kaos and Ohio's Emerson Sinclair called "Never Without The Pentagram" which will be released in July by metal Assault Records and we will start off the review with Hvile I Kaos who returns with his mixture of occult cellestic black metal, ritual and chamber music.
His side of the split starts out with some cellos which also brings avant garde, classical and chamber music elements onto the recording, At times the music also gets very ritualistic sounding while both of his tracks are also very long and epic in length along with some persuasion style instruments also being utilized at times.
Both of the tracks are also instrumental along with the music also capturing the darkness of occult black metal. The cello's also get very diverse sounding at times as well as some acoustic guitars also being utilized briefly, the closing track also adds in a touch of psychedelia. The production sounds very dark while the song themes revolve around the occult and left hand path.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Hvile I Kaos and if you are a fan of occult cellestic black metal, ritual and chamber music, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Rise, Engulf, Envenom".
Next up is Emerson Sinclair a solo artist that plays a musical style that mixes classic rock, extreme metal, grunge, electronic, baroque and traditional liturgical music.
Her side of the split starts out with some stringed instruments while the clean vocals also gives the music more of an operatic atmosphere. Synths and electronic music elements can also be heard in some parts of the recording along with the spoken word parts giving the music more of a ritualistic feeling.
Touches of black metal can also be heard in the spoken word parts along with some atmospheric sounding drones also being utilized at times. Programmed beats can also be heard in some parts of the recording as well as all of the tracks also sounding very different from each other. The production sounds very dark while the lyrics cover psychoanalytic character studies, metal illness, drams, occultism, the glory of the old gods and the relationship between humans and the natural world.
In my opinion Emerson Sinclair is a very great sounding experimental, ritualistic, neo-classical and avant garde solo artist and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out her side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Graphite" and "Singularity".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and recommend it to all fans of ritualistic occult black metal, avant garde, neo-classical, and avant garde music. 8 out of 10.