This is a review of a double split album between Spain's Itnuveth and Cult of Self Destruction called "Black Viking Alliance/Nihil Verum Nisi Mors" which was released by Base Record Production and we will start off the review with Itnuveth who return with their viking and pagan style of black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with some epic sounding synths which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music at times. When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can also be heard which also gives the music more of a raw feeling along with the vocals also adding in a great amount of grim black metal screams.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style while clean vocals vocals can also be heard at times. The songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them.
Viking battle and acoustic guitars can also be heard briefly while deep growls are also added into some parts of the music along with a couple of the tracks being very long and epic in length. The production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover Norse Mythology, Warriors, Battles and Witchcraft themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Itnuveth and if you are a fan of viking and pagan black metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Exile" and "On The Edge of Morning'.
Next up is Cult Of Self Destruction who return with a mixture of black and doom metal.
Their side of the split starts out with a very dark sounding intro while spoken word samples can also be heard briefly before going into a heavier musical direction. All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while the vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams.
The riffs also add in a decent amount of melody while the slower sections of the songs also add in elements of doom metal. Deep growls can also be heard briefly along with the music also having its atmospheric moments at times as well as some clean guitars also being utilized briefly.
Blast beats and tremolo picking can also be heard briefly when the music finally speeds up giving the music more of a raw feeling but keeping the main focus on more of a slow or mid tempo style throughout most of the tracks, Gregorian chants can also be heard on the closing track. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are a concept album dealing with pestilence, death and plagues.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording From Cult Of Self Destruction which shows the music moving away from a more raw style of black metal and going into a mixture of black and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Danse Macabre (The Plague)" and "Memento Mori (The Death)".
In conclussion i feel t his is a very great sounding split and would recommend it to all fans of pagan, viking, black and blackened doom metal. 8 out of 10.