This is a review of a split cassette between Italy's Athanor and Canada's Winterhearth which was released by Narcoleptica Productions and we will start off the review with Athanor a band that plays a very raw and satanic mixture of black and death metal.
Their side of the split starts off with medieval torture sounds before going into a very fast and raw black metal direction that also uses a great amount of blast beats and deep death metal growls along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and after awhile black metal screams and melodies find their way into the songs along with a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
At times the music brings in a touch of thrash metal and the solos and leads also enhance the death metal side of the bands musical style and as their side of the split progresses whispers can be heard in certain sections of the recording, the production sound s very dark yet heavy at the same time while the lyrics cover death, necrotism, Satanism and Occultism.
In my opinion Athanor are a very great sounding raw and satanic mixture of black and death metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "New Order's lords" and "Human Rottenness For Hell".
Next up is Winterhearth a band that plays a very raw and technical mixture of black and thrash metal.
Their side of the split starts off with acoustic guitar playing and a small amount of flutes that gives the music a 70's rock feeling and a few seconds later distorted yet melodic guitar leads are added into the music which slowly starts to lead up to more of a fast and raw black/thrash metal sound that also utilizes a great amount of blast beats.
Vocals are mostly grim and high pitched black metal screams along with a touch of early Kreator style screams and the music mixes a mid 80's technical thrash style in with a more raw and second wave style of black metal and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and all of th e musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them, the production sounds very raw yet heavy at the same time while the lyrics cover satanism, occultism, death, life, anti Christianity, life and philosophy.
In my opinion Winterhearth are a very great sounding raw and technical mixture of black and thrash metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Tarot Cards".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of black, death and thrash metal. 8 out of 10.