This is a review of a split album between France's Crown and St Valley which was self released in 2012 and we will start off the review with Crown a band that has been featured before in this zine with a more sludge/doom sound but put a black metal song on this recording.
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with some blast beats being used at times, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast black metal riffs that are very dark, raw and primitive sounding while still retaining some sludge and doom elements, while the lead guitars are very depressive sounding black metal guitar leads.
Vocals are all grim sounding and high pitched black metal screams, while the lyrics cover dark themes, as for the production it has a very dark, heavy, raw and primitive sound to it capturing the modern day black metal sound.
In my opinion this is a very great song from Crown and if you are a fan of raw and primitive sounding black metal with some sludge and doom elements, you should check out this tune. RECOMMENDED.
Next up is St Valley which is a side project from one of the members of Crown which plays a folk style of music.
Acoustic guitars are very dark, melodic and depressive sounding with a mixture of finger picking and full chords, while the vocals are all clean singing.
Lyrics cover dark themes, while the production has a very strong and powerful sound with only vocals and guitars being the instruments present on their side of the recording.
In my opinion this is a great song from St Valley and if you are a fan of folk music, you should check out this song. RECOMMENDED.
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend this to all fans of black metal, doom, sludge, and folk rock. RECOMMENDED BUY.