This is a review of a split album between Finland's Witchcraft and Aske called "Dead Christ Prayer" which was released by Nuclear War Now! Productions and we will start off the review with Witchcraft who return with a satanic mixture of war, black and death metal.
Their side of the split starts out with a very dark, distorted and heavy sound while the vocals bring in a mixture of bestial growls and black metal elements. When the music speeds up a great amount of war metal elements, tremolo picking and blast beats can also be heard and the music also has a great amount of 90's influences.
The songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the riffs also adding in a small amount of dark sounding melodies at times. One of the songs is a ritualistic interlude before closing their side of the split with 2 brutal tracks, chaotic sounding guitar solos and leads can also be heard briefly on the closing track. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover satanism, witchcraft, demonology, blasphemy and sacrilege themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Witchcraft and if you are a fan of war and bestial black/death metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Witchcraft Necrobestiality" and "Raid From Hell".
Next up is Aske a band that plays a satanic form of black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with an intro that also adds in fire burning and ritualistic sounds before going into a heavier musical direction. Dark sounding melodies can also be heard in the guitar riffing and when the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams along with the music also being very heavily rooted in the early 90's era. Throughout their side of the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts, ritualistic spoken word parts xan also be heard briefly on the closing track. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Finnish and cover cover Satanism. Occultism and Anti Christianity themes.
In my opinion Aske are a very great sounding old school satanic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Nuntuis (Acip)".
in conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of war, bestial black/death metal, satanic and old school black metal. 8 out of 10.