Here we have a split between three different one-man Black Metal projects. All bands have contributed two songs each to this release.
Nebel Über Den Urnenfeldern, from Germany, is the first to perform and offers up 15 minutes of music, longer than both other bands.
These songs have a good sound and provide emotive Black Metal with strong vocals and good riffs.
There are quite a few nice aspects to Nebel Über Den Urnenfeldern’s sound. Crisp, raw guitars, Post-Black Metal interludes, near-static screaming vocals; it all adds up to a very enjoyable 15 minutes.
The music takes the listener on a journey and covers various moods across the running time. As well as being Blackly aggressive the mood is also a reflective one.
This is my first encounter with Nebel Über Den Urnenfeldern and I have to say I’m very impressed.
Next we have Eternal Spell; hailing from Chile and contributing 8 minutes to this split.
In contrast to Nebel Über Den Urnenfeldern, Eternal Spell’s take on Black Metal is a more primitive and straight-for-the-jugular affair.
This Black Metal takes the raw template and infuses it with elements of Speed Metal and Punk to produce two tracks that kick you right where it hurts.
It’s resolutely Old-School and unreservedly underground. It’s honest, enjoyable and not lacking in charm.
Finally we have Chiral, from Italy, who we have met before, here, here and here. It’s always a pleasure to hear new work from this talented individual so a further 12 minutes of music is most welcome.
As usual it’s high quality, high calibre Black Metal that continues the development that the artist has shown so far of actually improving with every release.
This is sharp Atmospheric Black Metal that contains a decent amount of melody without blunting the strength of the attack.
The melodies, grooves and speed captivates from first listen and the well-performed vocals are authentically fierce. Both the screams and growls sound great and they help bring everything else together.
Whether playing faster or slower the songs are well-written and capture the dark essence of Black Metal straight from the off.
Another win for Chiral.
Overall this is a worthwhile split to get your hands on especially for Nebel Über Den Urnenfeldern and Chiral’s contributions, which are my favourites.