This is a review of a split album between Germany's Mavorim and Ad Mortem called "Iudicium Ultimum" which will be released on Halloween by Purity Through Fire and we will start off the review with Mavorim a solo project from Germany that has been featured before in this zine and on this recording plays a very raw and atmospheric form of black metal.
His side of the split starts out with some nature sounds along with some ambient style synths a few seconds later which also use a variety of many different sounding beats. All of the drum beats are also programmed along with the second track also adding in a brief use of acoustic guitars before going into a heavier direction.
Most of his tracks are very long and epic in length along with the guitar solos and leads also being done in a very melodic style. Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams as well as the riffs also adding in a decent amount of melody and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
Throughout his side of the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as one track also introducing clean vocals onto his side of the recording along with the synths also mixing in with the heavier sections of the music at times, the music also has its atmospheric moments. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in German and cover death and occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Mavorim and if you are a fan of raw and atmospheric black metal, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Tod und Teufel" and "Dem Tod zu Ehren".
Next up is Ad Mortem a band that plays a very raw and misanthropic form of black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with some dark soundscapes and synths while Gregorian chants can be heard briefly before going into a heavier direction. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams along with most of their tracks also being very long and epic in length. You can also hear a lot of 90's influences in the music along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as the guitar solos and leads being done in a very melodic style once they are utilized.
They also team up with Mavorim on one of the songs and they close their side of the split with an ambient style outro which also shows the synths also making a brief return. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in German and cover death and misanthropy themes.
In my opinion Ad Mortem are a very great sounding raw and misanthropic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dem Tod zu Ehren" and "Kerker(Exitium II)".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of raw, misanthropic and atmospheric black metal. 8 out of 10.