In my lifelong musical journey, I had started out as listening to country music as a kid like Brooks & Dunn. Around 2000, I picked up a Wyclef CD and was into him as well as grunge bands like Cold & Staind. Then, mid 2000’s I got thrown into melodic death metal and power metal with bands such as In Flames, Opeth, and Celesty. Finally, about a year or two ago, I took my music a step further and ventured into the dark realm of Black Metal. While I could care less about Aryan Blood featured on this split, Satanic Warmaster is the artist who opened my doorway to the pits of hell and rabid ferocity black metal could offer. It is with great pleasure I bring you this short review of the Split that started it all.
Let me get the Aryan Blood portion out-of-the-way first, because I am not writing this review for the Aryan Blood side. From Germany, Aryan Blood is a black metal solo artist much like Satanic Warmaster. However, he lacks any sort of standout traits to me. While his side has only three tracks, I find myself enjoying the ambient synth-laden Einklang intro track the most. The other tracks, Strength – Pride – Nobility and Totenkopfes Schwarze Brut are rather generic black metal flair. They are not awful, but they do not stand out much. They are very listenable, but also very forgettable. Hearing this split does not make me think anything greater of Aryan Blood than a generic black metal band.
On the other hand, Satanic Warmaster’s side of the split is phenomenal. Chant of the Barbarian Wolves is the only track featured by this Finnish black metal saint, and is definitely worthy enough to salvage this release. Chant of the Barbarian Wolves is a little over six minutes in length and begins with a long and melodic synth intro that creates a great atmosphere. The song then fires up with a cold and sinister feeling. The song is groovy and catchy. Satanic Warmaster’s vocals are excellent as his demonic screams fill the song. While not extremely heavy, this track was an excellent gateway into black metal for me. I cannot say enough good things about its overall feel, and highly recommend checking it out for yourself.
I always thought that black metal was too intense for me to get into, but Satanic Warmaster changed all of that. While Chant of the Barbarian Wolves is not as twisted of a track as much black metal is, it was a sufficient doorway into this realm of possibilities and expanded my musical direction further than I was comfortable with at the time. I can now say that he is one of my favorite black metal artists of all. Highly recommended.
Genre: Black Metal
Label: Wotanstahl Klangschmiede Germania
Location: Hesse, Germany (Aryan Blood); Lappeenranta, Finland (Satanic Warmaster)
Release: January 22nd, 2007
2. Strength – Pride – Nobility
3. Totenkopfes Schwarze Brut
4. Chant of the Barbarian Wolves