This is a review of a split album between Sweden/Italy's Hands of Orlac and FInland's The Wandering Midget which will be released in September by Cruz Del Sur Music and we will start off the review with Hands Or Orlac a band that has been featured before in this zine and plays a occult form of doom metal.
Their side of the split starts out with a very ritualistic sound along with some drum beats and folk instruments as well as adding in some powerful sounding bass guitars a few seconds later which also leads up to a heavier doom metal direction and the riffs also use a great amount of melody.
70's influences can also be heard in the bands musical style and after awhile female vocals are added onto the recording while psychedelic elements are also used at times along with clean playing also being utilized in certain sections of the recording along with horror movie style keyboards being added into some parts of the music and there is also a couple of brief instrumentals and most of the their tracks are very long and epic in length.
Hands Of Orlac creates another recording that remains true to the occult doom metal style of previous releases, the production sounds very old school while the lyrics cover horror, magick, and evil themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Hands Of Orlac and if you are a fan of occult doom metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "From Beyond The Stars".
Next up is The Wandering Midget a band that plays a traditional form of doom metal.
Their side of the split starts out with atmospheric soundscapes along with some demonic spoken word samples and horror movie soundtrack style elements and their song is over 18 minutes in length and after awhile the music goes into more of a heavier doom metal direction.
All of the musical instruments on their side of the recording have a very powerful sound to them while the solos and leads are done in a very dark yet melodic fashion and when vocals are utilized they are done in a traditional doom metal style and the music is heavily rooted while still maintaining a modern atmosphere.
The Wandering Midget plays a style of doom metal that is very epic and traditional sounding, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover fantasy, horror, and mythology themes.
In my opinion The Wandering Midget are a very great sounding traditional doom metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out their side of the split.
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of doom metal. 8 out of 10.