This is a review of a split album between Finland's Tonttu, Russia's Fahl and United Kingdom's P. Emerson Williams called "The Decline And Fall Of The Gnomen Empire" which was released by PANICMACHINE and we will start off the review with TONTTU a band that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of neo-folk, avant garde and industrial metal.
Their side of the split starts out with militant folk music sounds along with a touch of neo classical along with some spoken word parts a few seconds later and after awhile programmed beats are added onto the recording along with some heavy yet melodic guitar riffing and the vocals start throwing in aggressive screams and shouts.
They also mix the folk and classical elements with metal and after awhile traces of industrial can be heard along with the first song being very long and epic in length and there is also a brief use of guitar leads and acoustic guitars along pianos and saxophones are added onto the second song, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics cover anti gnome themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Tonttu and if you are a fan of industrial, neo folk and avant garde metal, you should check out their side of t he split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Gnostradamus Ja Tonttuteknologian".
Next up is Fahl a band that plays dark ambient.
Their side of the split starts out with a very dark ambient soundscape and atmospheric synths and after a few seconds spoken word parts are added on their side of the recording which also gives the music more of a ritualistic feeling before mixing them in with whispers and the music can also be very avant garde and experimental at times and some songs also bring in a small amount of demonic and gnome voices, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover dark and ocult themes.
In my opinion Fahl are a very great sounding experimental, dark ambient project and if you a re a fan of this musical genre, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "They Are Everywhere. And Sneaky" and "We Are Done For. And They Have A Plan".
Next up is P. Emerson Williams a solo project that plays experimental music.
His side of the split starts out with hospital sounds and spoken word samples and after a few seconds sinister sounding synths are added into t he song which is over 20 minutes in length and the song also mixes in elements of avant garde classical and psychedelic music and after awhile the sounds of gnomes make their presence known in the track along with some acoustic guitars, the production sounds very dark and r aw while the lyrics mix anti gnome philosophy with the Goetia and writings of Colin DePlancy.
In my opinion P. Emerson Williams is a very great sounding experimental solo artist and if you a re a fan of this musical genre, you should check out his side of the split.
In conclusion i feel this is a very great sounding split and would recommend it to all fans of avant garde, experimental, dark ambient and metal. 8 out of 10.