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About a year ago I was highly excited about Cult Of Erinyes’ first full length album, so when I got their new split tape in the mail, I was eager to give it a spin. Not only because it was Cult Of Erinyes, but also because the band on the other side of the split was Zifir, a band from Turkey and let be honest; you rarely hear about the Turkish metal scene and besides 2 grindcore bands (Sakatat and Ultimate Blowup, check ‘em both, really good!) my knowledge of Turkey doesn’t go further than decadent parties in Bodrum with my mates, shish kebab, beautiful women and water pipes.


Belgium’s Cult Of Erinyes is up first. They open up with a monumental, hypnotizing riff and with that the tone is set for the 3 songs they offer on this release. The whole thing is one big throat grab. Menacing, draining, … whatever you want to call it. My only concern that I had on their full length was the production, but they handled that as well.  Modern, monumental blackmetal in all its glory!
Zifir on the other hand have a much rawer sound and are a lot more old school orientated. The 4 songs range from mid tempo depressive blackmetal like early Shining or Forgotten Tomb to a more ambient form of blackmetal, similar to some Burzum songs for instance. Good, no doubt about that, but I lack a bit of cohesion in the 4 songs, maybe it would be a good idea to include the ambient parts as an intro, intermezzo or outro in the “main” songs, rather than having them as songs on their own. Anyway, I can dig it, that’s for sure!

You can check and order the release through the Tanquam Aegri Somnia facebook, it’s available as CD, tape or a package deal which includes both + extras!

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