Xasthur/Leviathan
Xasthur / Leviathan


4.0
excellent

Review

by Riva USER (19 Reviews)
March 5th, 2006 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


It has become a standing joke in the metal community that any black metal band that releases more than 10 or so copies of an album is selling out. Obviously, this is false for the majority of releases by the majority of black metal bands, but it still has a grain of truth. A lot of black metal bands do release only a limited quantity of certain albums, perhaps to make it more unique, or to drive up the price on eBay, or from a whim of artistic integrity. Prudence compels us to accept the third one as being the most likely reason.

This split between Xasthur and Leviathan was limited to 500, and was released on both Vinyl and CD. I was lucky enough to have a friend of a friend copy his vinyl version to a digital format, and send it my way. The quality is naturally lower than that of a CD, but in black metal, this is almost a bonus, rather than a drawback.

As for the content of the album, I can sum it up in one phrase; Pure, beautiful evil.

From the pleasantly subdued drums which send the mind into a frenzy, to the layers of reverberating guitars that pound their hatred into your skull, to the insane cackles, rasping screams and guttural moans of Malefic, this album echoes it�s message of cruelty and despair to all who will listen.

Conjuration of Terror is probably the highlight of the album. It is a draining seven minute song which speaks of the end of the world through religion, and it is here that Malefic plays and vocalises his best. It precedes the next best track, Instrumental which is an enjoyable exercise in frenzied drumming and repellent distortion.

It is also interesting to note that the beat for this split is considerably lower all around than most of Xasthur�s other releases, and indeed a lot of black metal. This is especially noticeable in The Eerie Bliss And Torture (of Solitude) It is, in a way, even more crushing for it, as it allows for a deliberate message to be drawn in by the listener, a message which might be lost in the flurry of tremolo picking and screaming presented by other Black Metal acts.

All in all, I can say, for all its short length, this effort by Xasthur is my favourite, even moreso than A Gate Through Bloodstained Mirrors. Again, I reiterate my previous statement about this split, it is pure, beautiful evil in its most excellent form.



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Apocalyptic Raids
March 5th 2006


810 Comments


I've been meaning to check this one out.

and it's good to see some Black Metal being reviewed other than Dummy Burger.

Diabulus in musica
March 5th 2006


485 Comments


hahahahahah dummy burger....dude that was hilarious hahahahahahahahah

Freezing Moon
March 5th 2006


63 Comments


Very well written. I haven't listened to this split yet (have it downloaded though), but I plan to now.

Good to see more BM being reviewed.

Tyler
Emeritus
March 6th 2006


7925 Comments


the HMV near me has 2 copies of this on cd and one vinyl,maybe I'll pick it up.

Great review though.

RiceMonster
March 6th 2006


62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent review. This is one of the best black metal splits I've heard. Why can't all USBM be this good .

Oh yeah, and my favourite part is Leviathan's part.

Aakon_Keetreh
March 6th 2006


448 Comments


This is a great split!

Apocalyptic Raids
March 7th 2006


810 Comments


Are you planning on reviewing Leviathan's part Jason?

and C&C, you found this in HMV? O_oThis Message Edited On 03.08.06

Silenius
March 15th 2006


305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I have this cd, it was reissued with different artwork so it's widely available now (only the original artwork ones as shown next to the review are limited to 500 copies.)





Good review.

Riva
March 16th 2006


61 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What's the new artwork look like?





And Jono, you can go ahead and review the Leviathan side, if you want.

Silenius
March 16th 2006


305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

http://cgi.ebay.com/XASTHUR-LEVIATHAN-Split-CD-katatonia-judas-iscariot_W0QQitemZ4847944801QQcategoryZ307QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem



It has bonus tracks as well. ;)

Apocalyptic Raids
March 17th 2006


810 Comments


Oh I wasn't planning on reviewing the Leviathan half ;)

Txus
May 21st 2006


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is an awesome Split, I'm becoming a Xasthur fanboy now in days



Nice review.

Hevy Tred
May 27th 2006


19 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A 14 year old dope fan introduced me to these guys

Favorite album and great review!

Cravinov13
April 1st 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is the Leviathan/Xasthur split diffrent from this?? I always wondered cause of the cover diffrences.

Eakflanderyof
September 8th 2008


2398 Comments


The Eerie Bliss and Solitude is ****ing amazing.

Hawks
December 2nd 2017


57219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Idk why I haven't heard this but I'm about to jam so fucking hard.

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