|Review: Ars Macabra/Cosmic Ekpyrosis - Nil Sine Deo|
|Nil Sine Deo|
Label: Grom Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: March 24, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Nil Sine Deo
Rated 1/5 (20%) (2 Votes)
I hate reviewing split CDs, if only because of the havoc it plays with the review template and the extra work involved denoting everything from web addresses to country of origin. It's just a pain in the ass. Musically, I often find splits lacking, as they are usually either the work of bands that are not really pro, or they are castoff tracks by better bands who just want to burn off excess material.
So, all that said, this is not bad. Ars Macabra are the first band on offer here, with three tracks of well-produced Death/Black Metal. They have a snarling guitar sound and a lot of depth to the sound, even if their vocals are rather flat. If you like stuff in the general vein of Belphegor, then this band will do it for you.
Cosmic Ekpyrosis are the more traditionally black of the two bands here, with a hollow sound and a lot of tremolo riffing. They aren't bad, but they don't do a single thing you have not heard before and don't do any of it well enough to overcome how cliché they are. Of the two bands, Ars Macabra are more energized but shallower, so Cosmic Ekpyrosis come across as more convincing and less trendy. Overall a decent split.
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