This is a review of a split cassette between Germany's Ancst and Hiveburner which was released as a joint effort between Skull Witch and Mustard Moustache and we are going to start off the review with Ancst a band that has been featured before in this zine and plays a raw form of black metal mixed with crust and noise.
Their side of the split begins with some atmospheric sounding drones and dark guitar riffs before going into a very fast black metal assault along with some blast beats from the drums and then the music starts slowing down a bit and grim screams make their presence known as well as a mixture of both fast and slow parts.
By the time we get to the second song hardcore and crust elements are added in along with some strong melodic black metal elements and the band continues the tradition of their trademark mixture of crust and grind and this is also some of their strongest sounding material.
Song lyrics cover anti religion and anti fascist themes, while the production has a very raw, heavy and dark sound with the bass guitars being mixed down low in the mix and the sound focuses more on guitars, drums and vocals.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Ancst and if you are a fan of crust influenced black metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Patterns And Dreamers".
Next up is Hiveburner a band that plays a mixture of black metal, drone and sludge.
Their side of the split starts off with some drone and noise sounds and after awhile guitar distortion along with some heavy doom metal guitar riffs and drums start to kick in while also having some harsh noise elements in the background which also lead to some aggressive vocals that have a hardcore feeling to them as well as adding black metal influences into the screams and towards the end the music speeds up a bit along with some blast beats and crust infuenced growls which enhance the epic elements of their side of the recording.
Song lyrics cover dark themes, while the production has a very dark and heavy sound with their only song being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Hiveburner are a very great sounding mixture of black metal, sludge, drone and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED.
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and if you are a fan of black metal, crust and sludge, you should check out this cassette. RECOMMENDED BUY.