Northwinds opens the split with 'Witchcoven'. The song begins with an acoustic guitar and a hint of psychedelica. However, halfway through, this song turns into a great seventies inspired rock song, reminding me of bands like Deep Purple, complete with strong, clean vocals and the organ sound in the keyboards. This band from Paris is mainly inspired by bands like Saint Vitus, Trouble and Candlemass and it's no surprise that this song breathes a similar atmosphere.
Marble Chariot hails from Bordeaux and brings us the track 'Darkness Descends'. This track too is a huge throwback into the ancient version of doom metal. It's a bit slower than the previous one and issues a heavier sound and a deeper voice that somehow reminds me a bit of Danzig or Morrissey. I know these two aren't always popular people but don't let those names keep you from getting your hands on this split. This 'Darkness Descends' is a very strong doom metal song with a lot of variation and a solid sound.
In all, this is a very interesting e.p. that shows two different bands playing their version of old school doom metal. Powerful, monolithic riffs blast through my speakers and deliver a gloomy atmosphere on an otherwise beautiful spring day. This is an excellent e.p. and a welcome addition to any doom collection, that's for sure.