Ashdautas / Bone Awl
Split


4.0
excellent

Review

by Martin L. USER (44 Reviews)
February 3rd, 2012 | 47 replies | 3,636 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


Those who have waited patiently since Ashdautas' demise are well-rewarded with this Split, as these former members of the Black Twilight Circle make up for lost time. Acts that aim at similar peaks as Ashdautas -haunting, dissonant melodies, utterly numbing shrieking, and an atmosphere that is so void of any recognizable remnant of respite- might appear as parodical, as extreme and unrelenting as the formula is. Ashdautas exemplifies that the key is the execution rather than the elements. In two tracks, the band creates a pitch-black tunnel, with no light at the end. There’s such little to grab ahold of and cling to between the 30 minutes in terms of melody or relief that the listen can be exhausting. Yet, the beauty of the Ashdautas side and “Permillion Stars In Depths Familiar,” especially, is in the tightness of the composition. It moves slowly, yet carries a recognizable and absolutely necessary energy that propels the piece. Its bleakness is merely stretched out into a 22 minute drawl of screeching black metal, and never once does it wear thin. Rather, the mood compounds and entwines listeners throughout. “Choirs of the Vice” follows suit, if only with a little less oomph and in less bombastic fashion. The entirety, though, swarms into an exacting pinnacle of suffering and decay that revels in the rougher edges of black metal.

Similar in style yet polar opposite in structure, crust-punk / black-metal alchemists Bone Awl add to the second half of the Split. And add is certainly the right term, here, as it provides more of a complement rather than a centerpiece. Accomplished in their own right, the band displayed their inky-black prowess on Meaningless Leaning Mess. Unfortunately, the tracks on display here don’t quite live up to it. The stench of raspy vocals and punk dynamism follows them to the Split, though, thankfully. The production follows suit as well, in its minimalism and griminess. Bone Awl’s vigor supplements the sedated drawl of Ashdautas in fitting fashion. They display a raw savagery reminiscent of similarly-brazen acts like Vordr and Furdidurke. Apart, Ashdautas and Bone Awl are groups talented enough to create masterpieces in their respective black metal sects. Lucky for listeners, they’ve decided to combine their talents into a single package so ice-cold and bleak that it’s bound to make any following releases in a similar vein sound blubbering and amateurish. Needless to say, this is well worth the wait.



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carouse
February 3rd 2012


300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

An excellent release, for sure. Thoughts?

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2012


16373 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thought this was pretty great, 3.5/4 material.

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Tyrael
February 3rd 2012


20871 Comments


totally forgot all about this, great album

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Oathbreaker
February 3rd 2012


1649 Comments


Both bands rule.

carouse
February 3rd 2012


300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Have you heard this, Oathbreaker?

Oathbreaker
February 3rd 2012


1649 Comments


Not yet, I had a download binge a month ago and now I don't feel like downloading again, especially after the whole ACTA thing that made it harder.

seedofnothing
February 3rd 2012


3425 Comments


I enjoyed reading your review. I'll check this out.

Mewcopa0
February 3rd 2012


1799 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what a bingo!

Vesper
February 3rd 2012


3085 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's "Vermilion Stars...", not "Permillion", which is not a word.

I wasn't nearly as keen on the Bone Awl side as the Ashdautas side, but an excellent release, regardless.

Tyrannic
February 3rd 2012


3262 Comments


doesn't sound like my thing but i've been meaning to try this out. good review

carouse
February 3rd 2012


300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks everyone!
And it's "Permillion," as far as my release goes.

ctaxxxx
February 3rd 2012


222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's Vermillion... Says on the track listing on Metallum and the actual cassette (including the tape's card).

carouse
February 3rd 2012


300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fair enough, thanks for the information!

Vesper
February 3rd 2012


3085 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And it's "Permillion," as far as my release goes.

Unless you got some weird misprint, you probably just couldn't decipher the font, lol.

And it's "Vermilion" with one 'l', not two. But that's pretty nit-picky, so whatever.

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 3rd 2012


1237 Comments


will listen to this is in a minute. pos

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 3rd 2012


1237 Comments


k the use of dissonant chords are cool, and the shrieks are kinda cool, but any time i see songs that are 22+ minute long i automatically frown, and in this case it's justified. the songwriting here sucks, there is no reason to have this song 22 minutes long because there is no build up, its just sloppy jamming for 25 minutes long.

not listening to any more of it because they need to learn that you put your best foot forward on an album and frontload it with a killer song, and if this is their best foot, then this is bad

2.5

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 3rd 2012


1237 Comments


thats for ashdautas, listening to bone awl

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 3rd 2012


1237 Comments


holy shit these guys are just as bad

2-2.5

dont even waste your time with this

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2012


16137 Comments


Thanks for giving us the play-by-play of your narrow-minded listen of this album in the form of four separate comments.

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 3rd 2012


1237 Comments


this shit fucking BLOWS



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