This is a review of a split ep between Scotland's Hellripper and U.S.A's Batsheva which was released by Label 2318 and we will start off the review with Hellripper a solo project that plays a mixture of black and speed metal with a touch of crust punk.
A very hard and heavy old school metal/punk sound starts off his side of the split along with some melodic guitar leads and grim black metal screams and the music is very heavily rooted in speed metal and you can also hear elements of retro thrash in both of the tracks, the production sounds very raw, heavy and old school while the lyrics cover rock'n'roll and real life themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Hellripper and if you are a fan of black, speed metal and punk, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Hells Rock'n'roll".
Next up is Batsheva a solo project that has been featured before in this zine and plays a symphonic mixture of black and doom metal.
Spoken word ritualistic parts start of his side of the split before going into more of a drone/doom metal direction and after awhile high pitched black metal screams are added into the music along with some elements of harsh noise and on a later track the music speeds up and also adds in deep growls as well as mixing in keyboards and the symphonic side really shows on the last track, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover Occult themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Batsheva and if you are a fan of symphonic black metal, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Inverted Gravity".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and i would recommend it to all fans of black, speed and doom metal. 8 out of 10.