This is a review of a split album between Poland and England's Raus! and Poland's Perunwit called "Under The Sun Of the Black Sun" which was released in 2014 by Odium Records and we will start off the review with Raus! a band that plays a mixture of industrial black metal and martial dark ambient.
Their side of the split starts off with an intro that is in the more industrial noise direction along with epic sounding synths which also bring a neo-folk feeling to the recording and after the into the music goes into a more fast black metal direction as well as mixing in industrial music which also leads up to grim black metal vocals along with spoken word samples.
After the intro and first song spoken word samples are used more frequently and the music starts adding in more martial elements as well as mixing them with industrial and black metal and on one of the songs they bring in deeper vocals which gives the music a death metal feeling along with a small amount of melodic chanting
Raus! brings in a great amount of diversity with their music and aon the songs they bring to the split you can hear everything from black metal, industrial, martial, dark ambient and neo folk which gives this band a very original sound to them and they can go from being very heavy to dark and epic sounding.
Song lyrics are written in Polish and cover war, hatred, mysticism, perversion and misanthropy, while the production has a very dark, heavy and epic sound to it.
In my opinion Raus! are a very great sounding mixture of industrial black metal and martial dark ambient and if you are a fan of those musical styles, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Raus" and "Genocidum Atrox".
Next up is Perunwit a band that plays a mixture of neo folk and dark ambient.
Their side of the split starts with an intro that begins with nature sounds before adding in tribal drums and a medieval folk music sound and after the intro classical music sounds are added into their side of the split before going into a more dark and pagan medieval sound while also having a shamanistic feeling to it as well as having some melodic chanting.
When the other songs are brought in the music starts taking on a more ritualistic feeling and has the sound of the ancient pagan gods being invoked as well as bringing in more folk instruments and bringing out the feeling of the dark ages and on the last song their is a small amount of classical music style synths.
With this recording Perunwit stay away from the folk metal sound of the later releases and returns back to the more dark neo folk sound of their earlier recordings and all of the songs they bring to the split are very ritualistic sounding as well as being some of their best material since the first album.
Song lyrics are mostly absent from their side of the recording with the music being all instrumental, while the song themes cover Slavic Paganism, as for the production it has a very dark and haunting sound to it.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Perunwit and if you are a fan of dark ritualistic neo-folk music, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Berserkir" ang "Sunwheel".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and if you are a fan of black metal, industrial, neo folk and dark ambient, you should check out this split. 8/5 out of 10.