Primal / Iugulatus / Deep Desolation
Chapel of Fear
Est Veritas Productions
This three-way split of extreme polish hostility comes to us from QEV Productions.
Primal is the first wave of darkness to wash over the listener with its foreboding take on melodic black metal. Its first of four songs is the midtempo crawl of Nadczlowiek. Occasional blasts of fury ring out while forlorn synths echo from the abyss. Gravely vocals call out from the same pit of darkness that the mildly melodic riffs arise from. Matka Noclumbers forward between doomier riffs and slowly roiling guitar and drum unions. The evil attitude of the track simmers and brings to mind a hint of Sweden's Craft. This near melodic take on icy darkness carries on through the next track Poza Grob. Disharmonic synth and a pounding beat shift into a quickened pace where a snowy melody steals warmth from the listener. The cycle repeats. A clock chiming and some black n' roll grooves throb like an open wound as the song nears its zenith. An unnecessary instrumental brings Primal's tracks to their conclusion.
Up next is Iugulatus who utilize a deathier approach on their 3 tracks. Confident guitars and scratchy vocals are complimented by a sinister main riff on Will Of Satan. However the drum patterns make this track feel slightly choppy. A thrash passage drops into some groovy death metal as the song continues. A healthy dose of thrash is sewn into the Morbid Angel-ish death sections on Master of Illusion. Blasting black metal riffs rise just as quickly as they are overtaken by more hammering death metal. A doomier overall tone is detected in Iugulatus' final track, Gates Of Abyss. A note of desolation is dragged across the guitar strings before succumbing to beefier rhythms. The song possesses a definite sense of momentum as it forcefully moves forward like liquid magma.
The final beast of this apocalypse is Deep Desolation and the best was saved for last. Their two tracks are their most unholy compositions to date. Forsaking the Mayhem-ish passages of their previous full-length for a more subterranean sound. Their contribution reminds me of Necros Christos without any of the overt mysticism and eastern guitar flourishes. Chapel of Fear methodically shifts between riffs that sound like they were recently interred and more atmospheric, slightly melodic movements. Somber doom riffs open Satanic Orgy and I detect hints of Swedish death within the bone-hard trudging of the song's pace. I hear echoes of Tiamat's Astral Sleep lurking deep within these compositions which is a good thing. Mariath's vocals are grim and gravelly which suits perfectly the morbid tone of the songs.
Deep Desolation's work far surpasses the other two contributors on this 3 way split. However this is a fairly consistent release and one would do well to check it out.