This is a review of a split album between Poland's Persecutor and Poisoned which is called "Raw Torments Of War" and was released by Under the Tyrant's Banner and we will start off the review with Persecutor a band that plays a mixture of black, death and thrash metal.
A very heavy and old school thrash metal sound starts off their side of the split along with some black metal screams and the music goes into a direction that is close to first wave black metal music wise but has vocals that are in the more second wave style along with some blast beats being utilized.
When guitar leads are added into the music they are in the mid 80's direction of early death metal which is also a big part of the bands musical style and they also bring in a mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and they also add elements of groove into their musical style and as their music progresses deep demonic growls can be heard in certain sections of the recording and they also bring in small amounts of melodic riffing at times.
Persecutor create a very interesting sound with their music using black metal vocals and combining them with both modern and old school thrash metal but in a more blackened manner as well as adding a touch of death metal in their musical style which results in 4 metal tunes that are very heavy and brutal, the production sounds very old school and heavy while the lyrics cover death, blasphemy, war and darkness.
In my opinion Persecutor are a very great sounding mixture of black, death and thrash metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sadistic Sacrifice" and "Armageddon Warhead".
Next up is Poisoned a band that plays a mixture of death metal and thrash.
An 80's style thrash sound starts off their side of the split and then the music gets a bit more faster and adds in early death metal style vocals along with some blast beats and the bands music style is very raw and sounds very close to the 1986 style of death metal when it was still heavily tainted with thrash elements.
On the second track lead guitars are added in briefly and the band sticks to a very old school style mixture of death and thrash metal and the music they play can easily be mistaken for an underground demo that was released in the 80's and they stay away from all modern day trends and proudly show the roots of the genre and the last track is a cover of Massacra's Ultimate Anti Christ..
Poisoned bring back a style that is almost 30 years old and shows why a lot of old school death metal and thrash still sound heavy even today and this is not music meant for posers or trend followers, the production sounds very old school while the lyrics cover death, war and devil worship themes.
In my opinion Poisoned are a very great sounding old school mixture of death and thrash metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Atomic Discharge" and "Ultimate Antichrist".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of black, death and thrash metal, 8/5 out of 10.