This is a review of a split album between Germany's Temper Creature and Erdenthraene called "Ex Abyssi Te Vocavi, Dei!" which was released by Winterwolf Records and we will start off the review with Tempers Creature a duo that has been featured before in this zine and plays a depressive form of pagan/black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with nature sounds and acoustic guitars along with some high pitched depressive black metal screams making their presence known a few seconds later and after awhile the music gets heavier while also mixing in the acoustic parts which also gives the music more of a pagan metal.
When the music speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the music more of a raw black metal feeling and growls can also be heard at times while the guitar leads are done in a very melodic fashion and spoken word parts can also be heard at times.
Throughout their side of the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and pagan vocals can also be heard at times and clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and a couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length and they also bring in a cover of Klage der Nacht's "Spuren im Schnee" and a couple of the songs also brings in a brief use of violins and folk instruments.
Tempers Creature creates another recording that remains true to the depressive and pagan/black metal mixtures of previous recordings while making this half depressive and the other side more folk orientated, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in German and cover Paganism, Depression, Social issues and Nature themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Tempers Creature and if you are a fan of depressive and pagan/black metal you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Leiden enes Freien" "Ein lebend geist" and "Der Wind TragtIhn Hinfort".
Next up is Erdenthraene a solo project that plays a mixture of melodic death, folk and black metal.
His side of the split starts out with nature sounds and spoken word parts as well as some epic and ambient style keyboards and after awhile folk instruments are added onto his side of the split and they also mix in with the heavier sections of the songs and when the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can be heard.
Vocals are mostly deep yet grim black metal screams and the riffs also bring in a great amount of melody and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the tremolo picking also gives the music more of a raw feeling and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the solos and leads are done in a very melodic fashion and death metal growls can also be heard in some parts of the songs and as their side of the split progresses clean singing pagan vocals along with some whispers are added onto the recording.
Erdenthraene plays a musical style that takes black, pagan, melodic death metal and mixes it with folk music to create a sound of his own, the production sounds very raw yet heavy at time whle the lyrics cover Paganism, Fantasy and Nature themes.
In my opinion Erdenthraene are a very great sounding mixture of black, pagan, melodic death and folk metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Winds Shall Not Sing..." and "Earthen Flesh, Starclad Mind,".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and would recommend it to all fans of black and pagan metal. 8/5 out of 10.