“ Artist: Various / Genre: Hard Rock & Metal / Label: Grievantee Productions / Release Date: 2005 „
This 4 way split features 4 Black Metal bands.
Volkurah's tracks tend to focus too much on horror film sounding screams, and musically it's a bit difficult to listen to because of this - even to the hardened ears.
Bone Awl's "Lifeless and Perfect" starts off with a classy doom riff which is followed up by energetic drumming and rather vulgar screaming which would liven up any graveyard. Some of the drum rolls add a bit of variation to it but it largely struggles to live up to its doom start.
These bands all have something in common, a blend of punk and black metal and it is probably Vordr which combine them the best, the riffs are relentless and energetic, the vocals are a kind of high pitch shrill though which make it too tricky to understand. Vordr have a little bit off fuzzy garage guitar sneaked in there too. If it wasn't for the absolutely insane vocals, this band might be doing better for themselves.
Hammer, the least known band on the album and one who I can't seem to work out if they've done anything since this, are from Finland and play the same kind of brutal stripped down, scrap heap black metal but don't particularly stand out.
I'd have to choose Bone Awl (USA) and Vordr's (Finland) work as the better of the four but it's far from idyllic. Lastly, as far as I know this is only available on casette or vinyl.
1. Wretched Life Creation 04:33
2. Bless the Plague 03:19
3. Lifeless and Perfect 02:21
4. Death Creeps 01:44
5. Life is Blood Red 02:23
6. Finally Gone 04:34
7. Vala 04:10
8. Nimeen Kansan Valkoisen 03:58
9. The Crimson Wind 03:06
10. Inner Desolation 02:01
11. Crushing with the Wrath of Old 02:35
12. Sabbath of Ruin 02:48