Side A belongs to Abysmal Grief, a doom metal band formed in 1996. In this track however, the band transform themselves into a full blown dark, ritual ambient ensemble. 'Hymn of the Afterlife' is exactly what it sounds like, a dark journey into places unknown, driving on a slow rhythm and a multitude of soundscapes and guitars.
Runes Order takes care of side B. This one-man project, founded in 1988 (and renamed in 1992) uses an array of synths, soundscapes and guitars to create a dark hymn about pleasure and blasphemy. Alex De Siena is both the singer and the priestess performing this ritual. This track is divided into five different pieces and often reminds me of underground avant-garde acts.
In all, this is a surprising but interesting 12". The two songs don't differ that much from each other. Both drive on slow drums and deep, drone-like sounds fading in and out. Both carry a similar dark and creepy atmosphere that is quite mesmerizing. However, there is a lot of variation, plenty to keep every fan of dark music interested.