"Wither" which is also the first song on their side of the split opens up with distorted synths and spoken word samples as well as some melodic vocals and serves as an intro for the album.
"Uncle Sunny At the Tavern" begins with heavy and melodic old school metal guitar riffs and drums along with some hard rock style guitar leads that come in and out of the song which also leads up to clean singing vocals that also utilize some aggressive screams as the song moves on before returning back to a melodic direction.
"Kissing Flies" opens up with clean guitars and melodic vocals before adding in heavy guitar and bass riffs along with drums as well as some power metal style singing which also utilize some aggressive thrash elements and after a couple of minutes there is a brief bass solo along with sounds of flies before adding in a regular guitar solo and you can also hear melody in the guitar riffing which leads to a brief use of death metal growls after a couple of minutes and a mix in with thrash screams and melodic vocals.
'From Ashes Comes Life" which is also the last song on their side of the split begins with clean guitar playing and melodic vocals as well as a small amount of spoken word parts and you can also hear bass guitars in the background which leads up to drums and heavy/melodic guitar riffs take takes the music into an epic doom metal direction and then the aggressive screams kick in along with brief a guitar solo that starts coming in and out shortly after that which also leads up to a brief use of clean playing before getting heavy again and bringing in death metal growls.
Song lyrics cover horror and gothic literature themes, while the production has a very strong,. powerful, heavy and professional sound to it where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording as well as most of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Albatross are a very great sounding hybrid of heavy and doom metal with thrash and death metal elements and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE ""Uncle Sunny At the Tavern" and "From Ashes Comes Life". RECOMMENDED.
Next up is Vestal Claret a band that plays a mixture of traditional doom metal and occult rock.
"Black Priest" opens up with heavy guitar riffs and drums along with some melodic guitar leads and you can hear bass and clean guitars coming in along with some melodic clean singing vocals and then going into a heavy doom metal direction as well as utilizing melodic guitar riffing which also leads to the song alternating between clean and heavy parts and guitar solos and leads also start coming in and out of the song.
Song lyrics cover Occultism themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on their side of the recording.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Vestal Claret and if you are a fan of traditional doom metal and occult rock, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED.
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of doom metal. RECOMMENDED BUY.