03/05/2008: "CURSE / SYKDOM Review online at Norsksvartmetall"
Sykdom/Curse "In Life & In Death / Verden og Fanden" split CD BlackMetal.com
A mighty split cd in true underground style and continuing the great legacy of the split release. [In Norwegian terms] The finest being the, Emperor/Enslaved split of 1993, the strangest, the Mayhem/Meads of Asphodel split of 2002, and other fine Norwegian splits being, Tummlus/Mock , Det Hedenske Folk/Abyssic Hate , and, Gaahlskagg/Stormfront .
The purpose of the split is to basically have two mcd's on one cd, thus theoretically giving more value for money as well as exposing two bands. The bad points of such a release is that one band generally will be better than the other, the sound will fluctuate and the style...
SYKDOM have already three fine albums, the last being 'Under Krigen', the band's Ulver-style Viking metal masterpiece. The music here is equally stirring, with the Church organ intro heralding the mid-tempo romping rhythms of 'Doedsens Stillhet'. The guitar solo at the end lifts this piece far from the coarse Black Metal one expects. The following 'Hvit Ioegn', is more of the same, a track ignited with memorable riffs and a great blasting finale.
The Sykdom side of this split disintegrates before the ears in glorious Black Metal flames, a woefully short, but inspiring piece of music. Sykdom are very much part of the current Norwegian Black Metal revival. CURSE, are from Iceland, and strangely enough melt into the Sykdoms previous heroics rather well. The bands melodic twenty minute track is of equal quality to the rest of this split. Rumbling, up-lifting, atmospheric Pagan Black Metal with a great hypnotic feel to the guitar arrangements and soft euphoric keyboards. At times you will feel like you are listening to Emperors, Night of Graveless Souls, the drum and guitar style echoing those far off days. This is epic stuff. Goose bump activating music that very nearly eclipses the previous works of Sykdom. It falls short of doing so, but it certainly equals it. - www.norsksvartmetall.com
*(Note: CURSE's mainman Eldur, is also the vocalist on SYKDOM's "Under Krigen" CD)
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