This is a review of a split album between California's Botanist and Thief called "Cicatrix/Diamond Brush" which will be released on August 27th by Prophecy Productions and we will start off the review with "Botanist a solo project that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays an experimental form of post black metal.
His side of the split starts out with bass guitars which also take over as a lead instrument along with some drum beats in the background. Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams and whispers while the music also adds in a great amount of post metal elements as well as the music also having its experimental and avant garde moments.
Melodies can also be heard at times along with some blast beats also being into some parts of the recording and both of the re-mixed tracks are also very long and epic in length. The production sounds very dark and lo-fi while the lyrics are a concept album and cover a botanist who surrounds himself with plants and flowers in a place he calls The Verdant Realm.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Botanist and if you are a fan of experimental post black metal, you should check out his side of t he split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Styrax" and "Streptocarpus (Reminx)".
Next up is Thief a solo project that plays an experimental form of electronic music.
His side of the split starts out with some clean vocals and harsh electronic sounds while all of the drum beats are also programmed. Touches of 90's era alternative rock can also be heard at times along with some spoken word parts also being added on some of the tracks and when electric guitars are utilized they also show an influence of metal, on one of the songs the vocals also get more aggressive sounding. The production sounds very dark while the lyrics cover a spiritual pursuit of awakening through the experience of transgression and suffering and shows some inspiration from t he writings of Joyce, Salinger and Nabokov.
In my opinion Thief are a very great sounding electronic and experimental solo artist and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Firethroat" and "Acid Queen".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of post black metal and experimental music. 8 out of 10.