This is a review of a split album between Polands Gruzja and Neon Scaffold called "Konflikt" which will be released in October by Devoted Art Propaganda and we will start off the review with Neon Scaffold a band that plays a mixture of experimental, psychedelic, rock and black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with some atmospheric sounding drones along with some distorted yet melodic riffing a few seconds later. The solos and leads also add in some melody and the vocals are done in a grim black metal style along with some avant garde style clean singing also being utilized at times.
All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them while the music also has its experimental moments. Shouts and spoken word parts are also utilized at times along with one track also introducing elements of electronic music onto their side of the recording, saxophones, pianos and clean playing can also be heard briefly and a couple of t heir tracks are also long and epic in length. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Polish and cover dark themes.
In my opinion Neon Scaffold are a very great sounding mixture of experimental, psychedelic, rock and black metal. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Obsession" and "4CC".
Next up is Gruzja a band that has had music reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays more of an experimental and avant garde style of black metal,
Their side of the split starts out with some drum beats and spoken word parts before going into a heavier musical direction. Vocals are mostly angry sounding screams along with some clean avant garde style singing also being utilized at times and melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing.
When the music speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the music more of a raw feeling. Electronic music beats are also utilized briefly along with the music also getting very experimental sounding at times as well as the synths also bringing in elements of post punk when they are utilized, when guitar solos and leads are brought onto the recording they are done in a very melodic style and clean playing can also be heard briefly. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Polish and cover alcohol, sex and lowlife themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Gruzja and if you are a fan of experimental and avant garde black metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Gruz 2020" and "Spacer na wschod".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of experimental and avant garde black metal. 8 out of 10.
Neon Scaffold online: FB