This is a review of a split album between Finland's Haapoja and Greece's Dephosphorus which will be released in February as a joint effort between Handshake Inc, 7 Degrees Records and Nerve Altar and we will start off the review with Haapoja a band that plays a mixture of black metal, hardcore, thrash and grind.
Their side of the split starts out with a very distorted yet melodic sound that also has somewhat of a technical feeling and a few seconds later high pitched black metal screams are added onto their side of the split along with certain sections also utilizing blast beats as well as adding in elements of post hardcore and the other tracks bring in traces of thrash and grind while also sticking mostly to a slow or mid paced musical direction and the production sound s very professional while the lyrics which are mostly written in Finnish but also have a song in English cover existential and cosmic plight themes.
In my opinion Haaapoja are a very great sounding mixture of black metal, hardcore, grind and thrash, and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "We See With Teeth".
Next up is Dephosphorus a band that has been featured before in this zine with a musical style that combines black, death metal, grind, and hardcore which they refer to as 'astrogind'.
Their side of the split starts off with a very dark and melodic hardcore punk riff and a few seconds later high pitched black metal screams are added onto their side of the album which also sees the music get a bit more heavier with thrash and crust style riffing and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with some experimental elements and as their side progresses the music also speeds up at times and also incorporates blast beats and more grind influences, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover existential themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Dephoshorus and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Extract The Soul".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of black metal, hardcore and grind. 8 out of 10.