This is a review of a split ep between Belgium's Hemelbestormer and Italy's Vanessa Van Basten which was released by Consouling Sounds in the year of 2014 and we will start off the review with Hemelbestormer a band that plays a mixture of black metal, sludge, hardcore and post rock.
Their side of the ep starts off with drones and drums as well as ambient elements before adding in slow doom metal riffs as well as elements of post rock and they stick to an instrumental and improv style approach on the songs they bring to the recording as well as bringing in black metal influences and melody and on a couple of songs they team up with Vanessa Van Basten and the stuff they do together is more ambient drone based along with elements of noise and experimental and after awhile they bring in acoustic guitars.
Song themes seem to follow a concept, while the production has a very strong, powerful and heavy sound with most of their songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Hemelbestormer are a very great sounding mixture of black metal, sludge, hardcore and post rock and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Omega".
Next up is Vanessa Van Basten a band that plays a mixture of post rock and metal with elements of black metal and sludge.
There side of the split begins with post rock style guitars before getting heavier and adding in more darker and metal elements along with a good amount of melody and after awhile you can hear influences from sludge, black metal and 90's alternative rock before adding in clean singing shoegaze style vocals as well as a small amount of spoken word parts and aggressive screams.
Song lyrics cover poetic themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful and heavy sound to it.
In my opinion Vanessa Van Basten are a very great sounding mixture of post metal and rock and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Odyssey Song".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of post metal. 8/5 out of 10.