This is a review of a split cassette between Phoenix, Arizona's Ceremented and Fresno, California's Malefic Levitation which was released by Caligari Records and we will start off the review with Ceremented a band that plays a mixture of doom, death metal and punk.
Their side of the split starts out with a very powerful sounding bass guitar sound along with some death metal growls a few seconds later as well as a few screams. When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can also be heard while touches of punk and grindcore can also be heard at times.
In some parts of the music the vocals also get very guttural and cavernous sounding along with the slower sections of the songs being very heavily rooted in doom metal. A great amount of 90's influences can also be heard in the bands musical style as well as the interlude capturing the atmosphere of a classic horror movie before returning back to a heavier direction. The production sounds very old school while the lyrics cover societal collapse, planetary degradation, misanthropy and death themes.
In my opinion Ceremented are a very great sounding mixture of doom, death metal and punk and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Altars of Waste" and "Earthen Upheaval Reclamation".
Next up is Malefic Levitation who return with their bestial mixture of war, black and death metal.
Their side of the split starts out with a very fast, raw and brutal war metal sound which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. Vocals bring in a good mixture of black metal screams and bestial growls along with some of the riffing also adding in a small amount of dark sounding melodies.
Throughout their side of the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as the music also being heavily rooted in the 90's war metal style and showing some influences from both the Canadian and Austrian styles of the genre,.
The production sounds very raw and old school while the lyrics cover war and apocalypse themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Malefic Levitation and if you are a fan of war and bestial black/death metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Nuclear Hexecution".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of black, black, death and doom metal. 8 out of 10.