Amarok / Hell
Hell / Amarok
***Following Pesanta Urfolk’s highly acclaimed vinyl release of HELL's trilogy, the label returns with a split LP uniting those doom/drone giants with one of the subgenre's best-kept secrets, AMAROK. On their half, Hell deliver three songs—"Deonte," "Oblitus," and "Dolore"—that carry all the trudging, suffocatingly crushing hallmarks of the band's work to date, offering no respite nor escape for the entranced listener. But on half, Amarok delivers a vast, side-long epic of slow-moving sorrow, dense yet spacious, forlorn yet finding release at the end of a noose. Rarely have two bands been pitted together yet complement each other so well: two paths to The End.
***New full-length LP from the Colorado blackened doom horde VELNIAS. The CD digibook is an ultra deluxe matte-laminate hardbound booklet with metallic copper print. CD features a different master than the completely analog LP version.
***Utterly outstanding, and potentially the best thing to happen to American Neofolk in years. Featuring members of KINIT HER and BURIAL HEX, WREATHES has produced an outstanding, beautiful and incredibly intricate release. Metallic spot-printing on both the inside and outside of the gatefold, metallic spot printed labels, fully printed inner-sleeve and inner pocket.