This is a review of a split album between Greece's Dark Awake and Ireland's Ruari O' Baoghill called "Between Flesh And Dirt" which will be released on April 30th by Cursed Monk Records and we will start off the review with Dark Awake a solo project that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of martial, neo-classical, neo-folk and ritual music.
His side of the split starts out with some atmospheric drones along with some melodic choirs a few seconds later while the music also brings in some session work from Lord Kaiphas formerly of Ancient and Grand Belial's Key and he also adds in his grim black metal screams.
At times the music gets very ritualistic while some dark ambient elements are also used in certain parts of the songs along with all of the tracks sounding different and one song also adds in oriental instruments and folk music elements and as his side of the split progresses a brief use of synths and female vocals can also be heard as well as some martial elements.
On this recording Dark Awake brings in more of a ritualistic style while still having some ambient, avant garde. neo folk and martial elements, the production sounds very dark while the lyrics cover Sumerian, Left Hand Path, Qlippoth, Philosophical and Alchemy themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Dark Awake and if you are a fan of neo folk, martial, dark ambient and ritual music, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Spine Of The World Serpent" and "Fall Apart".
Next up is Ruairi O' Baoighill a solo artist that plays a mixture of ritual, dark ambient and drone.
His side of the split starts out with some clean playing which also adds in a touch of neo-folk while the music also brings in a great amount of atmospheric soundscapes as well as getting very ritualistic at one times along with some chanting style spoken words and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
A great amount of drones can also be heard quite a bit throughout the recording while all of the songs sound different from each other along with one track having a very hallucinogenic and psychedelic atmosphere and when synths are utilized they bring in elements of dark ambient and some of the tracks are instrumentals.
Ruairi O' Baoighill plays a musical style that takes ritual, dark ambient and drone and mixes them together to create a sound of his own, the production sounds very dark while the song themes focus on Irish Occultism and Paganism.
In my opinion Ruairi O' Baoighill is a very great sounding mixture of ritual, dark ambient and drone and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Under A Whitethorn Bush" and "A Scheduled Madness".
In my opinion this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of occult, ritualistic music and drone. 8 out of 10.