Heervader opens the split with a traditional folk inspired black metal song, 'Berserkgangr'. In the opening passage of 'Bloedbroeder Van De Aarde', the band shows a different side. Here we get some pagan poetry with minimal percussion, right before the song blasts off in a similar way as the opener. Raw blackened riffs, a mix of screams and heroic chants (all in Dutch, which is pretty cool since I speak that language) and some keyboards create a perfect atmosphere for these guys to dwell in. Closer 'Voorwaarts' is my favorite track, a splendid piece of symphonic black metal.
The Fins from Ancestors Blood continue the blackened assault, but tend to take on a bleaker and more depressive approach. Of course, the basic ingredients are present: immersive riffs, pounding drums, atmospheric keyboards and eerie screams. Yet, the result is a bit different. I really dig the long instrumental passages and I also really dig the hidden insanity in the vocals. 'Deceiver For Power And Glory' is a brilliant track which will haunt your dreams. 'Ritual Of The Sacred Dance' is even better, the highlight of this split. The other two are awesome too by the way.
In all, I can understand why this split has been so highly anticipated. These are great examples of a genre that still rages on like it has been doing the nineties. Perhaps they should take this split on the road and tour together. I4m quite sure those will be some amazing nights, if you can cope with the absolute darkness...