Morke/Kristallnacht Split (1997)

Back in the 90’s black metal was still somewhat real. Great albums were coming out every month and with Political Correctness being fashionable National Socialist Black Metal was quarantined to a small and very underground scene in Europe and South America. NSBM labels were based out of Russia and the Deep South. Albums were produced on cassette in small runs making them difficult to find.
Until the era of file sharing. At its zenith one could download any album, in two minutes. CCRR and I would download literally dozens of albums at a time. When we stumbled across NSBM it was a treasure trove of good music we’d never heard and by the end of the afternoon we had several days worth downloaded. And there was a lot of good, 90’s era black metal.
Good music is what this blog is about, not politics and not the odd things musicians say to get attention. That said, this is a good split, check it out, 87%.


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Meth Drinker/ Moloch split (2013)

Meth Drinker and Moloch split, a killer combination of tortured New Zealand sludge/punk and rythmic and angry sludge from Nottingham.
Meth Drinker starts the split off with low and raw sludge that this New Zealand plays so well.
Moloch half of the split begins with a slow, low, dirty riff and threads its way to tortured vocals.
Great split, 86%.


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Gathering [split]- Amiemsus and Oak Pantheon

Today we have a new black metal Bandcamp split. Amiemsus opens the album with a solo guitar and is slowly joined by the second guitar in what becomes a monstrous riff. But after a couple of minutes the vocals kick in with a strong Alice in Chains influence that ruins the rest of the song, then it takes another seven minutes for the song to wrap up.
The second track is Black Metal at least. Oak Pathaeon salvaged the split with their song A Gathering which is pretty good and at least an original work. Their sound is best described as Black Metal with post rock influences, which translates into a pretty appealing sound.
Overall, this release rates an 80% and is one of the year’s better splits.

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Random Split- Absolutist/ Abest (2013)

While browsing the blogosphere I come across random tags that seem interesting at the time, thus the idea behind the Random Tag Game. Today I came across a random split, it was labeled vaguely under the “post” tag, I decided to give it a try because I love splits. This one I stumbled across over at MissTheStars, which gave a glowing review, which was overly generous to say the least.
It’s odd how often I am at a loss to adequately describe a good album but criticisms flow easily. This split, for instance, is ruined by the vocals. This is a split of two sub-genre bands with radio vocalists. Besides for being too passionate, both song’s vocals mask rudimentary instrumentals. Abest’s track starts out pretty good, flirting with really great. Then the growled vocals kick in with a new “hard” riff, then the song really goes downhill. Absolutist doesn’t even start out with a decent riff, it’s like some high school football players made a song after practice. 60% (which is still a bit generous).

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Relationship Advice and Black Metal Wednesday; Women’s Need For Change and Old Pagan/ Grausamkeit split (2000)

Women can’t be happy with the status quo. They’re made this way, the way same cats instinctually bury their turds women refuse to accept “the way things are”. No matter what they feel that their surroundings should be changed, “improved”.
During prehistoric times we were all hunter-gathers so women had to constantly seek out sources of food. In modern times, once they get back from the grocery they still have the urge to seek and lack an outlet for this instinctual drive, which is also why women can not put anything back where they found them (they enjoy looking for things).
This love of change is the reason why there are so few successful female entrepreneurs (check it out, only 20% of business with revenue over 1 million dollars are female owned). The number of business owning women is emphasized while the successful part is casually brushed aside. Most of the women are obviously going in circles spending more time changing things than making money.
Honestly, women would have had the right to vote hundreds of years earlier if they just hadn’t kept changing their minds about how to get that right. The reason slaves got the right to vote before women is because men lead that movement and it stayed on track. It is no suprise that a black man became president before a woman.
I am not saying that women’s opinions don’t matter, I’m just saying listening to them is like a sniper using buckshot; some shot will be on target but most are going to miss.

Today we have the Old Pagan/ Grausamkeit split from 2000, both german bands were solo-projects playing fast lo-fi black metal. This release was limited to 166 cassettes (Metallum) and Old Pagan has since been joined by other members, further devolving their sound.
This analog split is one of the first German Black Metal releases that I really enjoy and, refreshingly, a new split that can be termed “true black metal”, 90%.

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Across Tundras/ Lark’s Tongue Split (2013)

Today we have a Desert Rock split by Across Tundras and Lark’s Tongue. As a rule I don’t care for desert rock. As Wiki describes, it is a sub-genre of stoner rock, though lacking the dirty sound and with a faster beat. However, I love splits and this one is offered for free so I couldn’t resist.
The first song is by Across Tundras, is over ten minutes and starts out low, mellow and almost drifting… Wrong placement in the album, they should have been second, but at least it isn’t the typical cheesy, generic desert rock track. After almost five minutes the vocals begin, which is the band’s biggest weak point. Listening to the vocals I feel as if I should be twenty years older and reminiscing about high school.
Lark’s Tongue is psychedelic/desert rock with some indie/math rock leanings, interesting and moody, mood music with too many tambourines and vocals that are a bit too passionate, but still very listenable.
A good example of a free release expanding my musical horizons and why I like splits, 83%.

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Elvira’s Mom and Farallon- Stellar Descent / Aylwin split (2013)

Recently, CCRR observed that the feral cats in the neighborhood were putting on weight. Logically speaking, there had to be an explanation for this, and thus began The Mystery of the Fat Cats. “Coincidently” we also noticed the crazy old lady that lived in one of the apartments across the street (Elvira’s Mom), was moving.
After several seconds of intense concentration we deduced the only logical explanation for the feral cat’s weight gain is that Elvira’s Mom has been feeding the cats.
In the light of the moon she duck-walks naked into the front yard of the apartments with a can of raw tuna stuffed into her orifices, then, standing still as a statue, she waits for the feral cats to approach and feed, like a hunter. When the street light momentarily flickers back on, she throws a blanket over herself like Frodo, in Lord of the Rings and, disguises herself as a rock.

Today we have the Farralon split featuring Stellar Descent and Aylwin, a black metal band and an atmospheric blackened post-rock band. The split has the typical California-Cool-Kid in so far as they only made 10 physical copies (hand numbered, of course), then, later, another twenty, other than that it is free and Bandcamp-only at the moment, which is real nice.
The first track is by Aylwin and while listenable, it is too long and the whole blackened atmospheric and post-rock sounds have been pretty well explored, and this track belonged in the last slot, not the first. It would have fit into the flow much better at that spot, sleepy songs aren’t good first songs.
The second and third tracks are by Stellar Descent and is in actuality just one good, long, soaring song. While thoroughly black metal an acoustic guitar is used to good effect, and while some might call the part with the Canadian geese (I’m not kidding) a bit much, I still enjoy this song and it carries this split into the category of one of this years best releases to date.
It is rare now a days to see a band explore new sounds from a purely black metal perspective (most attempts are just cover bands who forgot the original lyrics), 89%.

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Vaba Marat

Here we have a Bandcamp collection of Vaba Marat, a Brazilian blackened-noise band. Chaotic with beautifully screamed lyrics, the guitars and drums are fast, best described as blackened screamo/noise/raw black metal with anarchist leanings (if one bothers to translate and read the lyrics).
An awesome band that has found a place in the musical universe close to many different genres, highly recommended for fans who remember the term East Coast Hardcore and Screamo, 90%.

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