This is a review of a split album between England's' Lazarus Blacksta and Germany's Black Shape Of Nexus which was released by Alerta Antifacistca in 2013 and we will start off the review with Lazarus Blackstar a band that has been featured before in the zine and plays a mixture of sludge and doom metal with some elements of death metal.
"Commant And Control" which is the first song on their side of the split opens up with slow, heavy and melodic sounding doom metal guitar riffs along with some drums and you can also hear synths in the background and a few seconds later death metal growls kick in along with some shouts as well as a small amount of clean singing and black metal screams and there is also a small amount of guitar leads in the song.
"Whispering Through Broken Teeth" begins with dark and melodic sounding doom metal guitar and bass riffs along with some drums and growls a few seconds later and as the song moves on high pitched screams are added into certain parts of the music and towards the end clean singing and synths are added into the song
Song lyrics cover dark themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful and heavy sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on their side of the recording as well as both of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Lazarus Blackstar are a very great sounding mixture of doom, sludge and death metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Commant And Control:. RECOMMENDED.
Next up is Black Shape of Nexus a band that has been featured before in t his zine and plays a mixture of drone and doom metal with some black metal elements.
"Honor Found in Delay" which is the first song on their side of the split opens up with distorted noises and sound effects and a minute later drums along with some dark, heavy and melodic doom metal guitar riffs kick in along with some sludge style vocals and screams a few seconds later as well as a small amount of growls and halfway through the song bass guitars take over for awhile before returning to heavier guitars.
"Always And Only" begins with heavy bass guitars along with noisy distortion before adding in drums and a few seconds later doom metal guitar riffs and sludge screams kick in and after awhile the bass guitars start bringing in leads as well as psychedelic elements which also leads to the guitar riffing utilizing more melody as well as a brief use of guitar leads and during the last minute spoken word samples and elements of noise kick in.
Song lyrics cover dark and depressive themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and dark sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on their side of t he recording as well as both of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Black Shape of Nexus and if you are a fan of drone and doom metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Honor Found in Delay". RECOMMENDED.
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of sludge, drone and doom metal. RECOMMENDED BUY.