This is a review of a split ep between Russia's Astarium and Fire Messiah which was released as a joint effort between More Hate Productions and Snow Wolf Records and we will start off the review with solo project Astarium who returns with an atmospheric and old school form of symphonic black metal.
His side of the split starts out with a very fast and raw sound which also utilizes a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. Symphonic elements are also added into the heavier sections of the songs while the vocals are mostly grim black metal screams while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts, spoken word parts can also be heard at times. The production sounds very raw and old school and the lyrics cover Norse Paganism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Astarium and if you are a fan of epic symphonic black metal, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Echo Of Niflheim".
Next up is Fire Messiah a solo project that plays a punk influenced form of raw black metal with some symphonic touches.
His side of the split starts out with a very dark yet heavy sound while all of the musical instruments on his side of the recording also have a very powerful sound to them. Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams along with some symphonic sounding keyboards also being added into the heavier sections of the songs at times.
When the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can also be heard along with the songs also adding in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as the music also adding in touches of punk at times. The production sounds very dark and raw and the lyrics cover the inevitable reckoning, death and loss of humanity in this world.
In my opinion Fire messiah are a very great sounding raw and symphonic black metal solo project with elements of punk and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Flirting With the End".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of symphonic black metal. 8 out of 10.