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Review: Evilfeast/Marblebog - Isenheimen / Abyss Calls...
Isenheimen / Abyss Calls...

Label: Alles Stenar
Year released: 2008
Duration: 54:02
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: February 21, 2009
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
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Rated 4.14/5 (82.86%) (7 Votes)

Hungary's Marblebog have long been a favorite of mine and after recently discovering the joys of Poland's Evilfeast (thanks to their recent re-issue of the awesome Funeral Sorcery album), I knew that this was a split album I just couldn't miss out on.

Evilfeast's great sound has similarities to that of Kataxu at times, though it'd be more than a push to call Evilfeast's use of synthesizers 'symphonic'. They have a great raw sound that is typical of the Polish scene, using ghostly synths to great effect (though, the music is merely accentuated by keyboards - in no way do the synths guide the music forward). Riff after riff of evil Black Metal glory is to be found on this half, with the long tracks passing a lot quicker than you'd expect. Come the Marblebog side, I'm surprised to feel slightly let down. The songs seem to be merely 'good' this time around, but not as catchy or hypnotizing as those found on either of their full length 'metal' albums. Perhaps I was expecting too much, as they do still capture a great melancholic atmosphere throughout with a cavernous sound that many would kill to achieve for their own. There just seems to be something missing when held up in comparison to their supreme full lengths - always a sticking point for those who have held such a consistently high quality of music in the past.

Even with the mild disappointment with the Marblebog side, this is still a highly worthy split from two of the Black Metal undergrounds best. Pick it up and see for yourself.

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