Black metal is as blood sucking of a genre as it gets, and with Nigrum Nigrius Nigro a split between Ysengrin and Black Grail, you quickly figure out why black metal is so damming. The first four songs belong to Ysengrin while the fifth and final song is owned by Black Grail. Each band have their own ways about doing things, but each band is equally dark and ominous. Not only is each band dark, but they are brooding twisting masses of black metal as well.
Each song forges onward with odd noises, foreboding atmosphere and a general evil about them. Ysengrin more than Black Grail uses the odd sounds and haunting atmosphere to give their take on black metal a little bit of a different spin.
Black Grail on the other hand possesses the longest song on this split clocking in at fourteen minutes. Within those fourteen minutes you almost get an epic of sorts as Black Grail weaves their way through the spell binding song with just as much atmosphere and haunting guitar work.
No matter which way you look at it, or which end you actually start from the darkness never changes. Both bands use dense dark atmospheres to their advantage and each band also displays sinister onslaughts of piercing black metal.
All five songs contort and twist themselves into blackened abyssal masses where no light dares to enter and whatever light does so happen enter this damp and dreary cave, it is only to be smite by the ever piercing blackness. Ysengrin as well as Black Grail are made of molten darkness and that much is apparent through this five track split.
Everything that you would wish to have in black metal is present here and even more as each band throws everything and the kitchen sink at you. There are no talon clad punches that are pulled in Nigrum Nigrius Nigro as the two bands pull out all the stops.
Between both bands you end up walking through the valley of the dammed, and I’ll be the one to tell you that you do not make it back. Your soul gets eviscerated from your very being and as you lay lifeless you feel a clammy clawed hand drag you down to the very depths of hell.
That feeling you get is because of marrow chilling riffage, tumultuous drumming, thick back breaking bass, and an ever succumbing and dismal atmosphere. Each song is a solid slab of blistering black metal and if that is what you crave then Nigrum Nigrius Nigro is exactly what you should be digesting.
Nigrum Nigrius Nigro is estimated to be released through Caverna Abismal on December 11th.