The perfect split.
No reason, no rhyme, Hells headbangers throws this bomb onto us: this very hateful split of the best black metal bands from Hellas.
Although none of the tracks show anything really new, I think that’s the point. Together they clock in at nine minutes.
Rotting Christ track is called Spiritus Sancti: it could be easily taken from the session records of the last album. The riffs are pure RC, as are the vocals and the drums. The evil spirit makes itself present while the track is spinning. A must-hear.
Varathron track is called Shaytan and very same can be said, except that Varathron haven’t changed that lot since the beginning of their career as RC have. So, although less famous, is instantly recognizable. The sound here being more organic than the Rotting Christ track.
It really can’t be said that one track is better than the other because they are the best that each band can offer, and they are hell of songs.
But more than being a release that is deemed to be essential, it’s more like a gift for die hards of the classic Hellenic scene. One can’t really go wrong with that.
Duality of the Unholy Existence (split 7″ EP) will be ou on July 28 on Hells Headbangers limited in 999 copies.
(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)