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The old ways are alive, and they are dirty. Spectral Voice and Phrenelith pit their own, unique visions of horror and death and prove their universally horrific mettle

Spectral Voice opens this brief split with "Open Veins", which offers a much more direct "death metal" sound than the heavy, sluggish doom found on the Necrotic Doom EP. With speed comes clarity, but with clarity comes more disgust and Spectral Voice offers up bile in spades. I most certainly wasn't expecting something so (relatively) fast-paced from the Colorado camp, as this is definitely more aligned with Rottrevore's brand of filth than the more downtuned diSEMBOWELMENT sounds of their work up to this point, but "Open Veins" is just as liquescent and Lovecraftian as ever.

Denmark-based Phrenelith's rebuttal is more multifaceted than their split-mates, but still adheres to this split's conservative focus on genre hindsight. "Once Fertile Soil" touts horrific gloom, catchy rhythms, and moves with a mammoth gait. Frontman David Mikkelsen, also of Undergang fame, sounds absolutely monstrous, his voice centered around the phlegmy grossness which makes his other band so repulsive, but features a distinct harshness which makes Phrenelith all the more stygian.

This perfect pairing of rotting death will emerge from the depths on Iron Bonehead Productions and Dark Descent Records on Friday, October 14 (so close). Listen to the full EP below.

Stay Death.

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