This is a review of a split ep between Germany's Graveyard Ghoul and Cryptic Brood called "The Graveyard Brood" which was released by Final Gate Records in 2014 and we will start off the review with Graveyard Ghoul a band that plays a very old school and rotten form of death metal.
A very dark and melodic 90's style doom/death metal riff starts off their side of the split before speeding up a bit and adding in blast beats as well as grim vocals that seem to be influenced by black metal while they still also bring in a 1988 style of death metal and the band also brings in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and you can hear both the American and Swedish style in the bands musical style but done in more of a raw and primitive manner.
All of the musical instruments on their side of the recording have a very powerful sound to them and all 3 of their tracks stick to an old school style of death/doom metal along with a production that captures a very pure and vintage 80's still sound and the lyrics cover death, darkness, evil, blood, occultism and classic horror film themes.
In my opinion Graveyard Ghoul are a very great sounding old school death/doom metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Castle Freak".
Next up is Cryptic Brood a band that plays an early 90's influenced form of doom/death metal.
There side of the split starts out with a very dark and slow open note sound before getting more heavy and going into a doom metal direction and a few seconds later death metal growls are added into the music as well as speeding up and adding more rawness into their musical style along with a decent amount of blast beats.
After awhile the music starts using a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and they also have a few high pitched screams coming out of the vocals at times as well as traces of melody, the production sounds very dark and retro while you can still hear all of the musical instruments that are present on their side of the recording on their 3 tracks, while the lyrics cover Occultism, Death And Dying themes.
In my opinion Cryptic Brood are a very great sounding old school doom/death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should c heck out t heir music. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Rancid Sorcery".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of death and doom metal. 8/5 out of 10.