Here we have a split with two strong black metal bands, first we get the German band Blutkults offerings which is four blunt and cold hymns which works as a European soldier stomping around the front lines, Junker continues his bleak black/Rac hybrid song style which he has perfected from years of loyal duty in this black metal "krieg", solid stiff upper lip material.
The musics atmosphere sounds almost like he is carving a giant hehe (not like Gaahl but in his own way of course.) and if i would pick out my favorite tracks it would be the first and the last here which has the most memoriable compositions for me. A plus for nice guitar solo leads that he incorperates as it gives the experience an extra depth to it.
Next up we have Celtic Dance from Portugal with three tracks but i see them as one long song really as the first is an intro (a nice vampyric organ playing with added militant and tribalistic drummings) and the last is an outro( acustic melodic picks from the main track that fades slowly away) and the middle one is the main metal meat.... it carries this release title and it does not let you down!
Their music here is in mid tempo (but faster the BK material) and is semi raw (vocals is the most raw and is mixed in to the music nicely and has a raspy crow like quality to them which fits perfect) the whole thing is well done and engaging with a 90´s smoking ambience, towards its end a pretty long moody acustic part concludes this in a good somber way (brings my thoughts to Bathorys Twilight of the Gods somehow) and this leads naturaly into the outro.
Solid material from both of them and even if their styles is different they work great together, it has a bit like having both old and new soldiers fighting for the same cause but with different weapons.
...And after this i got even more eager to listen to both bands recent releases that i have missed.
1. Blutkult - Es Herrscht Krieg
2. Blutkult - Es Wird Niemand Verschont
3. Blutkult - Von der Ratte und dem Adler
4. Blutkult - Europe is Falling
5. Celtic Dance - Intro - Furhs Voor
6. Celtic Dance - We Are the Roar of Thunder
7. Celtic Dance - Outro - Arii Paracletus
CD Released by:
Sword & Satanation
Tape released by:
Vinlandic Werwolf Distribution