Hell’s dragging blackened sludge is heavy, atmospheric, and helpless. ‘Deonte’ opens slowly with the vague hint of a riff swamped in feedback before it limps its way into the muck and murk of the miasmic feedback and distorted low-end lines that collide as the tracks slowly makes its way toward the agony of ‘Oblitus’. Walls of noise and enormous riffs rise and fall and compound the anguish in the torn vocals as the track lurches towards its miserable end in the final part of this trilogy, ‘Dolore’. Beautifully bleak.
Amarok’s contribution, the twenty-minute ‘Red Oak Wisdom’, is a dreary piece of work that like Hell’s tracks is vast, its soundscape despondent and defeated. Lumbering its way mercilessly through sluggish riffs and drawn out vocals for the first eight or so minutes, the track takes on a different aspect. With softer instrumentation, the melancholic air of the track emerges and takes on a more melodically sombre tone that slowly transforms back into immense guitar riffs, ten-tonne hammered drums, and vocals that emanate from some bottomless hellish pit.
All of the tracks from both of these bands render angst and agony, despair and dejection, and strife and strength in bold strokes that are as deep as they are broad. A good pairing that makes for a good split release, if you’ve not come across either before, these are two bands well worth seeking out.
Review by Jason Guest
21st Jan 2014
1) Amarok: V: Red Oak Wisdom
2) Hell: Deonte
3) Hell: Oblitus
4) Hell: Dolore
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"All of the tracks from both of these bands render angst and agony, despair and dejection, and strife and strength in bold strokes that are as deep as they are broad."