Bart M. : After having been on tour together in 2017, Windhand and Satan's Satyrs decided to combine forces and put together this split album.
The album has a high number of mythological references, starting with the first song, by Windhand, called 'Old Evil'. Of course, opinions about whether the ancient evil is myth or reality are divided, but what is sure is that we are dealing with a down-tempo song that with its fuzzy guitarsound takes us on a slithering ride through the grass, among the gravestones and straight into the abyss. The dark, chanting vocals enhance this image and before you know it the hypnotizing soundwaves let go of you, only to grab you even more strongly in the next song: 'Three Sisters'. At first the title reminded me of the old tale about the three hags that shared one eye and one tooth, but once the singing commenced, accompanied by a haunting organ sound, it was as if I was listening to the Sirens who lure the listener their way with their enchanting songs, towards a slow demise. The slow grinding, close to the ground hanging music encourages the feeling of moving towards not so subtle oblivion.
Then Satan's Satyrs take over and we exchange the grey, stormy waters of doom for dark-edged, groovy rock 'n roll that takes us to shadowy glades in the obscure forest. A place where normally the Satyrs dance. 'Alucard AD 2018' is a nice portion of rough noise. Punkish metal and, if this is indeed about the vampire that I think it is about, mythological reference number five. We find the next one in the song 'Succubus'. Who hasn't heard the tales surrounding this demon of seduction? Satan's Satyrs spins another one and even though they are not the first ones in the world of metal to sing about the glory and ultimate doom that this creature brings, they do so in their very own way. Solid and with a healthy dose of dissonance that really manages to give you the feeling that something is very wrong indeed. Closing song 'Ain't That Lovin' You, Baby' introduces true love to us, even beyond death, with a laid back, bluesy, 70's rock sound. Halfway through the song the tempo is increased for a chaotic, final onslaught, after which it is nigh impossible to not press "play" again and thus repeat the cycle.
An album about seduction, death and decay that is really worth listening to if you want to spend half an hour reflecting on your life so far.