Worship Tapes released this split to commemorate both bands’ tenth anniversary. The fact that it is limited edition to only 100 copies and used illustrations by Gustave Doré on the cover and inside are extra points that add collectible value (For us, fans, at least), even though it's a short compilation, about half an hour and one band per side.
Darlament Norvadian, takes side A. Three tracks taken from their first full-length album ("Silent from the Immortal Forrest"): "Into the Winter Despair", "Times of War and Hate" and "Shadows in Eternal" Tormentor. " Fast black metal with the vocals buried under the characteristic sound of the guitar that turns towards a high tuning. On the other side of the spectrum, the bass is almost inaudible and the cymbals superimposed over the rest of the drums give, in my opinion, too much treble to the sound in general.
This sample of the previous work of the band with the premeditated production of low quality adds to a wide series of releases among splits and EPs.
Imperial Kommando (formerly know as Imperial) adds three tracks on the B side, black metal with its own intensity, low voices rather than high tones and some arrangements in their style that make it interesting. "Sadistic Proclamation" has fast tempos and unusual pauses that emphasize solid riffs. "Beyond the Blaze" and "Black Sunrise" are quite similar in composition: They start with slow tempos and well known blast beats as a base plus faster sections to reinforce the dynamics of each track. I haven’t heard anything from this band till now, but will keep an eye on them.
In general, it is a good tape, recommended for those who want to start listening to what arises from the pestilent Salvadoran underground metal.
| RATING: 7/10 |