This is a review of a split album between Chile's Lapsus Dei and Netherland's Officium Triste called "broken Memories" which was released in 2018 by Australis Records and we will start off the review with Lapsus Dei a band that plays a melodic mixture of doom and death metal.
Their side of the split starts out with some heavy riffing while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them. Synths are also mixed into the heavier sections of the music as well as some stringed instruments also being used at times and the vocals also add in a mixture of death metal growls and screams.
Elements of doom metal can also be heard in the slower sections of the music along with some clean playing also being added into some parts of the songs. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style as well as the riffs also adding in a decent amount of melody and all of the music sticks to a slower direction, clear vocals can also be heard on the closing track.
Lapsus Dei plays a style of doom/death metal that is very melodic and atmospheric sounding. The production on their side of the recording sounds very professional while the lyrics cover death and religion themes.
In my opinion Lapsus Dei are a very great sounding melodic doom/death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "The Feeling Remains".
Next up is Officium Trise who return with t heir melodic mixture of doom and death metal.
Their side of the split starts out with some drum beats along with some keyboards and melodic guitar leads a few seconds later. Clean vocals are also utilized quite a bit throughout their side of the recording along with the slower sections of the music being very heavily rooted in doom metal.
Death metal growls can also be heard in some parts of the music while a couple of their tracks are recorded live along with one songs being very long and epic in length and all of the music sticks to a slower musical direction as well as being very heavily tooted in the 90's atmospheric style, spoken word parts can also be heard briefly on the closing track.
On this recording Officium Triste take their style of doom/death metal into a different direction which is also very different from the stuff they released in the early 90's. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark thoughts, gloom and pessimism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Officium Triste and if you are a fan of melodic and atmospheric doom/death metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "On The Crossroads Of Souls".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of melodic and atmospheric doom/death metal. 8 out of 10.