'Unholy Ghost Liturgy' is not a split. It's a collaboration album between Russian ambient/black/doom metal project Abigorum and American black metal/ambient formation Cryostasium. They composed the songs together, and there are quite a lot of those. The album contains no less than twenty tracks, eventually clocking off about about seventy minutes. Perhaps that might be a bit too long for some people, but not for me, certainly not when they come with up with plenty of variation and some downright strange tunes.
The album opens with something you could and would expect for this collaboration: harsh black metal, enhanced by keyboards and soundscapes, driving on fierce blast beats. Yet, there seems to be an underlying urge to experiment and it wouldn't take long for that urge to take the upperhand. 'Unholy Ghosts', the second track, already drags us into a mysterious and horrifying world. 'Liturgia' adds a lot to the gloomy atmosphere, perhaps because of the keyboards, or the haunted vocals or the slow, lingering tempo. 'Forgotten Lines' is just plain madness.
The album continues in that bizarre, experimental and somewhat confusing manner. I'm not going to write a song-by-song description here, but I will tell you that there's more musical insanity to come, possibly even more than you can handle. These projects keep on grabbing influences from all things experimental, psychedelic and dissonant. The endresult is something out of this world, something that will often leave you in a state of trance. But don't worry, many passage here are well suited for a decent headbanging portion.
For me, the best tracks on this album include the space-rock inspired 'Last Galaxy', the chaotic 'Essential Death' and the sheer insanity of 'Mysore's Cocoon' but I'd suggest you check out the entire album. As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, this sure is something else and it sure is something that just might become one of the most surprising black metal released of the year. So go ahead, indulge yourself in absolute madness with this awesome cooperation.