This is a review of a split album between Portland, Oregon's The Sun Came Upon The Left and Chicago, Illinois's Everson Poe called "Ancestral Memory" which will be released on January 22nd by Trepanation Recordings and we will start off the review with The Sun Came Up Upon The Left a solo project that plays a mixture of experimental black, doom and death metal.
His side of the split starts out with some spoken word parts and synths along with some acoustic guitars a few seconds later. Black metal screams are also utilized quite a bit throughout his side of the recording while the music also gets very experimental sounding at times and elements of doom metal can also be heard in the slower sections of the songs.
Distorted sounding melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing along with all of the drum beats also being programmed. Touches of death metal can also be heard at times as well as the guitar leads also being done in a very dark yet melodic style as well as his closing track being very long and epic in length and also adds in some clean vocals. The production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover darkness themes.
In my opinion The Sun Came Upon The Left are a very great sounding mixture of experimental black, doom and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Clouded Mirror".
Next up is Everson Poe a solo project who returns with his mixture of black, sludge and doom metal.
His side of the split starts out with some spoken word samples along with some clean playing a few seconds later before going into a heavier direction. Elements of sludge and doom metal can also be heard in the slower sections of the songs and all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them.
Clean vocals can also be heard in some parts of the music along with some melody also being added into the guitar riffing. When the vocals get more aggressive they add in touches of black metal as well as the guitar leads being done in a very dark yet melodic style when they are utilized.
Most of his tracks are also very long and epic in length as well as some high pitched screams also being utilized at times and when the music finally speeds up a small amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can also be heard. The production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover witchcraft, occultism and anti religion themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Everson Poe and if you are a fan of black, sludge and doom metal, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Malleus Maleficarum".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of experimental. black, sludge, doom and death metal 8 out of 10.