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Review: Taake/Deathcult - Jaertegn

Label: Edged Circle Productions
Year released: 2020
Duration: 23:28
Tracks: 4
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: November 20, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)

Nice little split between two Norwegian black metal bands here. I knew Taake already but Deathcult is a new one for me. Each band has one original and one cover track on this. Taake's side is the kickass second-wave black metal style we've come to expect. It's clean and precise while still visceral and dark as the genre calls for, and their cover of Darkthrone's "Raknajuv" is well done. Deathcult, on the other hand, are much rawer and dirty sounding, which makes for quite a contrast between the two sides. That breaks the flow when listening to Jaertegn, but that's almost a given with any split, isn't it? Deathcult chose to cover Beherit's "Black Arts" and it's quite fitting to this band's more minimalistic style, but it's more of a contrast with their original song than what Taake did on this split. Like most splits, I wouldn't call this essential and really more something for completists, but it's a good one.

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