This is a review of a split demo compilation album from Germany's Ashtavakara and Vergangenheit which was released by Wolfmond Production and we will start off the review with Ashtavakara a solo project that plays an ambient form of black metal and his demo "Clairvoyance".
Ambient sounding synths start off the demo which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the songs at times. Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams while melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing as well as some spoken word parts also being utilized briefly and a couple of the tracks are also very long and epic in length.
When the music speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling. All of the drum beats are also programmed along with some clear vocals, clean playing and whispers also being utilized on a few tracks and all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very distorted yet melodic style along with the sounds of wolves howling also being utilized briefly. One track also adds in the brief use of classical guitars as well as one song also adding in a brief use of death metal growls and the demo closes with a cover of Bekhira's "Forgotten Nazarene". The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover anarchism, philosophy, misanthropy, nature and Anti Christianity themes.
In my opinion Ashtavakara are a very great sounding raw ambient black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Clairvoyant" and "Ethereal".
Nest up is Vergangenheit a solo project that plays an ambient style of black metal and his self titled demo.
Ambient style synths and programmed drum beats start off the demo while the vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams. On the second track the music starts going into a heavier direction along with the riffs also adding in a decent amount of melody and the songs also capture a very lo-fi atmosphere, at times the music also gets very atmospheric sounding and all of the music also sticks to a slower direction.
Vergangenheit plays a style of ambient black metal that is very slow, atmospheric and lo-fi sounding. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in German and cover darkness and death themes.
In my opinion Vergangenheit are a very great sounding ambient black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Hexen" and "Nur ein Traum".
In Conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of ambient black emtal. 8 out of 10.