Split - Fallen Souls / Necromancer

A couple of infamous, but iconic, Salvadoran black metal bands came together in 2007 to create a split 7 "vinyl version with a gatefold-type box limited to 300 copies (hand-numbered), something rare for Salvadoran bands.

Musically speaking, this short album is described in a few words: It sounds like shit. Which is not necessarily bad.

On the A side Fallen Souls puts two. The first one- "Behold the Eyes of the Black Dragon" - is at first somewhat melodic if we compare it to the full length album "God is Dead", but it creates a dark atmosphere from the beginning to burst with that raw black metal the band has us used to in less than two minutes of putting the disc to turn, curiously, it ends with a few seconds of sexual groans and moans.

The second track is a live version of "Rape, Murder and Fuck", recorded in Guatemala the same year this split was released in a tour made "completely drunk", according to the notes in album. The lower quality of execution is noticeable if we compare the studio version with this one, but that is not surprising for anyone who has seen the band playing live, even so the "Hate" side is quite enjoyed with two acceptable pieces, executed by the band’s original line up: Cadáver, Warwick and PFA aka Tomatada

Side B is one single track that covering 8 minutes: "Blacks Souls of the Necromancer" ("Blacks" instead of "Black" is how the title is written in the tracklist). From beginning to end is auditory violence, mayhem, not for any taste. Necromaticus at his best, taking care of vocals and strings, the percussions are in charge of Sulfur, member of several other bands close to the ones in this split. Although at times dissonant, the "Fuck" side is one of the best samples of Necromancer's primitive black and ear piercing metal.

In general, the album is black metal "raw, brutal and demented", and -as described by the French label that released it, Legion of Death Records- "For maniacs only." It is a disc with an extremely dirty and precarious sound, the master recordings used plus the poor production make it seem bad, but it is very likely that it was the purpose from the very beginning.

I recommend it only for those who enjoy black raw and unpolished black metal or for those who are looking for an example of the darkest metal made in El Salvador.

This release is sold out if you ask the bands or label, there are still a few copies available out there if you know where to look for it.



| RATING: 5/10 |

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