This is a review of a split ep between Canada's Dark Circles and California's Abstracter which was released by as a joint effort between Halo of Flies Records, L'Oeil Du Tigre Records, Sick Man Getting Sick Records, Moment of Collapse, and Shove Records and we start off the review with Dark Circles a band that plays a blackened mixture of crust, d beat and hardcore.
Their side of the split starts out with distorted amp sounds before going into more of a heavy crust direction along with some d beats and black metal screams and you can also hear elements of post hardcore in the bands musical style while the faster sections of the songs use a great amount of blast beats.
You can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on their side of the recording along with a great amount of crust influences and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts which also utilize a great amount of tremolo picking and atmospheric synths and spoken word parts are added onto the last track, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover dark and depressive themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Dark Circles and if you are a fan of blackened crust and hardcore, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ashen" and "Isolate".
Next up is Abstracter a band that has been featured before in this zine and plays a blackened mixture of crust, sludge and doom metal.
Their side of the split starts out with a very dark and heavy sound that also brings in a touch of drone and after a few seconds drum beats are added into the music along with some grim black metal screams and you can also hear some tremolo picking in t he guitar riffing and the vocals also mix in deep growls at times.
You can also hear a great amount of sludge and doom metal elements in the slower riffing and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while both of their tracks a re very long and epic in length while the faster sections of the songs bring in a small amount of blast beats the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover darkness, dystopian and metaphysical themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Abstracter and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Where All Pain Converges".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of black metal, doom, sludge and crust. 8 out of 10.