This is a review of a split album between Germany's Ancst and Ast which was released by Vendetta Records and we will start off the review with Ancst a band that has been featured before in this zine and mixes raw and melodic black metal with crust and noise.
There side of the split starts off with a very heavy and raw crust sound that evolves into more of a melodic black metal direction once it speeds up and adds in blast beats while also mixing in the rawer side of the genre as well and when vocals are added into the music they have an angry hardcore feeling to them.
All of the musical instrument s on their side of the recording have a very powerful side to them and they also bring in a small amount of death metal growls at times and the later songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and one of the tracks also brings in a small amount of spoken word parts and you can also hear a small amount of clean playing on the last track, the production sounds very dark, raw, yet very powerful at the same time, while the lyrics cover the angry and anti fascist themes of previous recordings but also bring in more darker topics this time around.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Ancst and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Seizures".
Next up is Ast a band that plays a mixture of raw, post black metal, hardcore punk and experimental.
Distorted sounding drones start off their side of the split along with high pitched black metal screams and heavy guitars a few seconds later and you can also hear a touch of post hardcore in the bands musical style but done in much of a more dark and heavy direction and the songs also bring in a decent amount of melody at times.
As their side of the split progresses blast beats can be heard at times along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and one of the tracks also brings in a brief use of clean playing before making a return to a heavier direction which also brings in a small amount of fast and raw black metal guitar riffs before closing with harsh noises, the production sound s very dark, raw yet powerful at the same time while the lyrics are written in German and are more in an anarchist direction.
In my opinion Ast are a very great sounding mixture of raw, post black metal, hardcore punk and experimental, and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACK "F.S".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of crust influenced black metal. 8 out of 10.