Alpha Wolf, (check out A Quiet Place to Die), give us two songs, lasting just over six minutes in total.
60cm of Steel opens the split, and is a collaborative track that features Holding Absence’s vocalist. It’s a song that combines Alpha Wolf’s trademark heaviness with emotive atmosphere. The Holding Absence singer complements the Alpha Wolf one very well, and the track is a well-crafted crusher. We then come to Hotel Underground, which rages with angular riffs and a brutal intent that’s both modern and timeless.
Aching Longing starts their side off, and is a collaborative track that features Alpha Wolf’s vocalist. The song is energetic and melodic, with a few heavier aspects that we don’t normally see from Holding Absence. The singer of Alpha Wolf provides some additional bite to the track, although even he can’t properly cut through luscious melodies and mood-rich layers that the song employs. Coffin closes the release, which you could almost describe as a contemporary power ballad of sorts. It’s a very, very good song.
Both bands succeed in showing once again why they are so well-regarded in their respective arenas. To hear them together like this is a treat, and they work well with each other despite their differing styles. Make sure you check this out.
Very highly recommended.