Xasthur Leviathan Xasthur Leviathan Split
Black metaldark ambient. Black Metal Against the World Demos Two Thousand Most of the stuff thereafter loses impetus; "Conjuration of Terror", for instance, feels like an empty procession of similarly gloomy ideas. The ingredients are always there, but they don't always come together. The Leviathan side is quite a bit better. Mizik Mizik Farinay Volume 1 impression is largely due to the fact that, as a composer, Wrest is much better at sculpting an impactful progression.
Even though the lo-fi atmospheric black metal isn't significantly different from what Xasthur was doing in the first half, there's a sense of drive and build to the Leviathan material that Malefic did without. Not to mention the ambient passage in "Unfailing Fall into Naught" bears an almost cinematic beauty about it. For lack of a better word, the Xasthur material sounds static. That may be what he was going for, but regardless of the particular mood I'm in, Leviathan 's side is the more interesting cut.
The rehearsal recording of "Telepathic with the Deceased" stands out from Xasthur Leviathan Xasthur Leviathan Split 's Xasthur Leviathan Xasthur Leviathan Split lacklustre contribution; the addition just goes to show that Scot Conner has the ability to do incredible things with this kind of music, but his inspiration sometimes lacks.
I would probably consider myself to be at least a casual fan of Xasthur 's work, but between the two Leviathan is operating a step above in most respects. It's not the best work of either, but a few choice cuts largely from the latter half are more than enough to warrant listening from fans of either project. A split album showcasing two one-man Xasthur Leviathan Xasthur Leviathan Split metal acts from California, this self-titled release by Xasthur and Dread And Fred Warriors Stance does not beat around the bush but drops you right into its heart of thorns.
Repetitive guitar riffs grind and churn continuously while Malefic's treated vocals moan and growl as part of the noisy yet melodic chaos. These tracks are the most interesting of the original four songs that Xasthur contributes to the split.
On the CD version Xasthur Leviathan Xasthur Leviathan Split the split are included three additional tracks, one being a rehearsal of "Telepathic with the Deceased" and another a Katatonia cover. The first of the three, "Achieve Emptiness" tends to be a noisy guitar whirlwind and howling grim voices. Leviathan is left with three tracks Benis Cletin Music In My Soul what tracks they are: "Unfailing Fall Into The Slits The Slits is a delirious mad spiral into permanent anguish and pain with a despairing guitar tremolo loop riff and rattling dry vocals.
This song feels more like the real deal in the way of depressive black metal than Xasthur whose songs sometimes seem sonically thin and at times even sound as if a big part of them was digitally produced. As the song progresses, atmospheric wash effects, more instrumental guitar tremolo melodies and subtle key changes lead to a majestic climax that dazzles the ear before fading away gracefully.
It does pick up though as Xasthur Leviathan Xasthur Leviathan Split progresses and a solo guitar instrumental dropped somewhere in the first half of the song adds an epic touch to the track. The song throws out one surprise after another and guitar riffs and melodies are almost suffocating in their repetition and sinister nature.
Various Random Series Vol 1 album is worth at least hearing out for fans of both bands; My Chemical Romance Famous Last Words first-time listeners, the Leviathan tracks are better as a group when it comes to dishing out mournful atmosphere, anguish and musicianship than the Xasthur ones although some individual Xasthur tracks are not bad.
Xasthur is bearable in small doses and if people aren't able to decide if they want an entire album of Xasthur songs, they can always stick with this split. First and foremost, I'm willing to bypass the Xasthur side completely during this review simply because this is one of Leviathan's best efforts. For fairness' sake I'll give my views for Xasthur's output on this recording.
I'll skip the whole "two of America's most prolific black metal bands on one recording!? Instantly the awkward keyboards start off Xasthur's side; not a good beginning. The keyboards thin out to a more sensible melody as the track goes on, which doesn't save it from the lack of interesting riffs, or anything interesting for that matter. Drums have a minimal presence and the pace is slow with plenty of synthesizer music to provide the twists and turns, but this time he never gets totally lost in ambient soundscapes.
The vocals are as anguished as always, once again putting the young Varg to shame. The music is not a maelstrom. There is some melody and lots of subtlety, the pace alters frequently and songs flow beautifully. What is Xasthur Leviathan Xasthur Leviathan Split that inspires Iscariot cover songs? No one ever covered an Emperor song with such conviction. Xasthur has put me back on the fence ready to jump onto the passing bandwagon with an inspired offering that took awhile to get into but was worth the effort.
A great release, a great split. Peter Broderick httpwwwitstartshearcom Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Conner has noted other one-man black metal projects such as Burzum and Graveland  as an inspiration for his singular approach: "The main way that Burzum inspired me contrary to popular belief was that he could do it all on his own-- why couldn't I?
Conner has toured with Sunn O and has joined Nachtmystium onstage,  but until recently, stated that he "will always keep Xasthur a band that will not Xasthur Leviathan Xasthur Leviathan Split live". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Maelstrom ezine. Retrieved July 17, Archived from the original on June 26, American Nihilist Underground Society.
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