This is a review of a split album between Maryland's Sloth Herder and Pennsylvania's Horde of The Eclipse which was released by Unholy Anarchy in 2014 and we will start of the review with Sloth herder a band that plays a mixture of black metal, sludge, and grindcore.
Their side of the split starts out with a very dark sounding black metal guitar riff along with some grim screams a few seconds later which also leads to the band adding in elements of crust, sludge and post hardcore while also keeping around the black metal influence and after awhile the band starts bringing in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
All of the musical instruments on their side of the recording have a very powerful sound to them and on the later tracks the music gets more grindcore influenced and also starts incorporating brutal sounding blast beats while they also keep around elements of sludge, doom and black metal which also adds more diversity to their sound.
Just like with their previous releases Sloth herder continue their grindcore influenced black/sludge metal sound and they also have more of a darker approach this time around, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover dark and hateful themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Sloth herder and if you are a fan of black metal, doom, sludge, and grind, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Rosicrux" and "Acts Of Savagery".
Next up is Horde of the Eclipse a band that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very raw and melodic form of black metal.
A very dark, distorted and atmospheric drone sound starts off their side of the split and after a minute acoustic guitars are added into the music which leads up to a very fast, raw and heavy black metal sound that also bring s in a great amount of blast beats before slowing down and adding in some melodies.
There is a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts in the songs along with a very powerful bass guitar sound and when vocals are added into the music they are mostly high pitched black metal screams while a small amount of death metal growls are used at times and the solos and leads the band uses add even more to the melodic side of their black metal sound and they also keep around the acoustic guitars from the intro and add them in their songs fro a few seconds and on the last track the band adds elements of thrash into their musical sound.
Hordes Of The Eclipse remain true to their raw and melodic approach to black metal bringing in a very heavy sound that also uses a death of metal and they also have the best music on the split, the production sound s very heavy and powerful while the lyrics cover darkness and occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Horde Of The Eclipse and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Unleashing Pariah".
In conclusion i feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to the more open minded fans of black metal. 8 out of 10.