Music Review: Barshasketh/Void Ritual Split Tape

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Barshasketh/Void Ritual - Split

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Broken Limbs

Scottish black metal by way of New Zealand, Barshasketh provides two songs on the first side of this split. The first, “Palingenesis” is a slow burning track that reeks of shoegaze for almost three minutes, then just comes in with super fast, blasting black metal. The entirety, from the slow beginning all throughout the rest, is beautifully executed, filled with melodies, harmonies, and ear piercing shrieks. The second track, “Dominion of Ashes” starts off fast, and pretty much stays fast throughout, but it is no less melodic or beautiful. Fans of Winterfylleth, An Autumn for Crippled Children, Desolate Winds, Wolves in the Throne Room, etc., you’ll want to check this out.

Void Ritual comes from New Mexico, USA. Daniel Jackson is from Albuquerque and is the sole member of the band, producing, recording, mixing, and mastering everything on top of writing and performing it all. His side of this split is a but more focused, a bit more raw, and a bit more old school sounding. There is more of a second-wave black metal low-fi sound, but there also seems to be influences of death metal happening as well. In the same amount of time it takes Barshasketh to do two songs, Void Ritual does three. All of them are rather magical, filled with riffs that are super catchy and evil at the same time, while lyrically about cults of recent memory. Heaven’s Gate, Paradise, and the Order of the Solar Temple all get their own songs. Fans of Marduk, Mayhem, and Darkthrone, as well as the same comparisons for Barshasketh, you’ll want to hear these songs.

In all, Barshasketh and Void Ritual have together crafted a split that is beyond easy to listen to over and over again. Truly captivating black metal of the highest order.

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