We'll start with Darkestrah, a German symphonic black metal horde. For this split, they delivered a twelve minutes lasting epos of shamanic black metal, loaded with folk elements and atmospheric keyboards. Obviously, you'll get a decent slab of clawing guitars, stomping blast beats and fierce screams too. This act has been walking this path for a long time and continuously seems to improve, making this track a stunning piece of work, highly immersive and damn well suited to headbang yourself into a state of trance.
Saudi Arabian horde Al Namrood certainly is one of the strangest acts in the blackened scene, combining a raw and primitive version of punk induced black metal with traditional Arabic instruments and vocal lines. The result is downright bizarre but nonetheless intense and fascinating. Their contribution to this split is divided into two parts, both equally brutal, relentless and grinding. Both parts immediately grab your attention and drag you down into unknown territory, even for die-hard black metal fans.
If I were you, I wouldn't miss out on this split. It shows a side of black metal that we don't often encounter. You will need an open mind for this, that's true, but you'll be rewarded with new ideas, new sounds and a new philosophy. It's good to look beyond what you're used to and this split delivers. Besides, true darkness is everywhere...