This is a review of a double split album between Greece's Spectral Lore and U.S.A's Mare Cognitum called "Wanderers: Astrology Of The Nine" which will be released in march by I, Voidhanger Records and we will start off the review with Spectral Lore a solo project that plays a very atmospheric form of black metal.
His side of the split starts out with some nature orientated field recordings which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music while all of his tracks are also very long and epic in length. The riffs also add in a decent amount of melody as well as the music also capturing a lo-fi atmosphere at times.
When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can be heard which gives the songs more of a raw feeling. Vocals are mostly angry yet high pitched black metal screams while the tracks also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as the vocals also getting very deep at times.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style along with one track also introducing clean playing onto his side of the recording as well as some of the slower riffing also adding in a touch of doom metal, all of the musical instruments on his side of the recording also have a very powerful sound to them and spoken word parts can also be heard briefly. The production sounds very raw and heavy while t e lyrics cover planets, space, philosophy and astrology themes.
In my opinion Spectral Lore are a very great sounding solo project and if you are a fan of atmospheric black metal, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Earth (The Mother" and "Uranus(The Fallen)".
Next up is Mare Cognitum a solo project that has been featured before in this zine and plays and atmospheric form of black emtal.
His side of the split starts out with some atmospheric sounding drones while all of his tracks are also very long and epic in length The songs also mix both heavy and atmospheric parts together along with the faster sections of the tracks also bringing in a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking which also gives the music more of a raw feeling.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams along with some deeper growls also being utilized at times. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in more of a melodic style while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the riffs also add in a good amount of melody.
At times the music also gets very dissonant sounding as well as one track also introducing clean playing onto his side of the recording, on the 2 closing songs he also teams up with Spectral Lore which also shows the music getting more experimental along with some some elements of ambient which also introduce synths onto the recording. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover planets, space, astrology and cosmic mysticism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Mare Cognitum and if you are a fan of atmospheric black emtal, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Mars (The Warrior)" and "Neptune (The Mystic)".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of atmospheric black metal. 8 out of 10.