All of these little reviews shall thus consist of one paragraph only. The more this rule renders the blurb illegible, the more the writer has failed. To seperate the essential from the trivial, we have selected three splits by black metal bands big Autarcie / Baise Ma Hache - Ultra-Rural Neulich In Lee Tse Tungs Gambling House (Sartana, Pigott, Lee Tse Tsung) - Bela B.
Feat. Peta Devlin. No messing around here, the intent of this split is bright and clear for all to see, just like the birdsong and wood chopping which open the album. With Ultra-rural no translation needed, surely Autarcie and Baise Ma Hache are here to sweep us away from the degenerate metropolis and out in the fields, overgrown pathways, woods and meadows of France, albeit in a muddy, lo-fi and belligerent way. Autarcie presents us with some of the best material in their discography so far, showcasing their talent for melody and surprising dalliances into wistful musings.
Enter Baise Ma Hachewho employ are more direct and confrontational approach with their music. Fierce and desperate cries tear through the guitars, yet there suddenly appear moments of calm, albeit with a militant edge. It is worth mentioning that many of these men were under 18, with at least one never having been involved in any militia activities, and the band does well to create a memorial to a forgotten Alpine Autarcie / Baise Ma Hache - Ultra-Rural . Baise Ma Hache and Autarcie both render this split album a tribute to the hidden histories, traditions, atmospheres and peoples of rural France, its conflicts, celebrations and decline.
This is a monument to the depth and variety of French anti-urban culture, before the hordes of Paris succeed in crushing regional identity along with the standardisation of the French language. Links: YouTube. This joint album by Akitsa and Ash Pool is a great example of how to do a split album that is actually worth getting.
Ash Poolon the other hand, offer more nebulous, almost inhuman imagery, hinting towards a world where all hope has indeed been lost. From an artistic point of view, this split succeeds by offering two distinct visions that have enough common Hidden - Arthur Loves Plastic - The Zero State to be able to bring forth a consistent listening experience.
In addition, both artists make a valid contribution to their own respective discographies. And that is always better than settling with lesser versions of the European masters or losing oneself in grotesque gimmickery. The problem? On the exact same day Thousands of moons ago was put out, Drudkh also issued Eastern frontier in flamesa CD containing not only Autarcie / Baise Ma Hache - Ultra-Rural three Drudkh songs featured on this split, but also all material from the rare Anti-urban and Slavonic chronicles EPs, making this compilation more valuable to the seasoned Drudkh admirer.
Winterfylleth distinguishes itself with a more polished production, Mijn Zoon - Willy Alberti - Mijn Leven Is Een Lied by changing the key, the main riff in particular comes across as more lively, if not to say happier.
These alterations rupture the magical, ominous tone that emanated from the original. Links: Bandcamp. Featured image: Autumn landscape by Mikhail Nesterov You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.
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