William Kampen : I am a big fan of the 90s black metal scene, which is no secret. A part of that scene was the relavitely often releases of split albums. Every now and then you will still bump into a split release, but not as much as back in the days. Receiving one obviously made me excited. In this case, a joint effort by the Mexican Precaria, the American Deathspiral Of Inherited Suffering and the Russian Dominus Ira.
Precaria has an obvious focus on the Swedish black/death metal sound. Lots of dissonance, high tremolo picking and machinegun as a drummer. In about half an hour, this band is not able to convince me. The tracks are stuffed with way too much stuff, which causes my brain to boil. Maybe coked out 'Panzer Division Marduk' fans will like this but to me, atmosphere is key.
Deathspiral Of Inherited Suffering (what a name..) also plays a variety of black/death metal, where the focus lies more on occult death metal. You know, Incantation, Grave Miasma and such. But way more boring. It is a nice trick that this band is executing, but as soon as I am not able to come up with a reason to not play the abovementioned bands instead; this contribution is not really worth talking about. Unless you are the typical death metal hick loving everything with a growl. Then it might.
Let us hope that the Russians of Dominus Ira are able to save this record. I mean, Russia has quite a lot of awesome black metal. Good news and bad news. Dominus Ira's contribution is the best part of this record. That was the good part. The bad part is, is that this means very little on this boring record. We are presented to a Norwegian style of black metal, with all of the inspiration stripped away. There is not a single second where this record gets exciting or memorable. The problem of this disc in its entirety. Whether I play it again, or frisbee it out of my window: It does not matter.