This is a review of a split album between Illinois's Cokegoat and Barren Heir which will be self released in June of 2018 and we will start off the review with Cokegoat a band that plays a mixture of stoner and doom metal.
Their side of the split starts out with some avant garde style stringed instruments before going into a heavier direction while also introducing sludge style screams onto the recording which also have a touch of hardcore to them along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic post metal style along with the riffs also bringing in a decent amount of melody while desert style folk instruments and acoustic guitars can also be heard briefly as well as a small amount of clean vocals, psychedelic elements can also be heard on a couple of the tracks.
Cokegoat creates another recording that remains true to their mixture of stoner and doom metal, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover life, death, earth and the moon themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Cokegoat and if you are a fan of stoner and doom metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Rainbow Calley" and "Pig On A Horse".
Next up is Barren Heir a band that plays a mixture of sludge and doom metal along with some experimental, psychedelic blues, hardcore and black metal elements.
Their side of the split starts out with some clean playing while both of their tracks are very long and epic in length before going into a heavier doom metal direction which also captures the heaviness of sludge along with the solos and leads bringing in elements of blues rock.
All of the musical instruments on their side of the recording have a very powerful sound to them while some of the guitar leads also add in elements of post metal along with the vocals also adding in hardcore style shouts and at times the music also adds in touches of psychedelia and black metal.
Barren Heir plays a musical style t hat is mostly rotted in sludge, post and doom metal while the black metal, hardcore, blues, psychedelic and hardcore elements gives the songs more originality, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion Barren Heir are a very great sounding mixture of sludge and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Tracing Light Pt. 1".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of stoner, sludge and doom metal. 8 out of 10.