When you have two blasphemous blackened thrash metal bands all on one split, the outcome is that of total chaos and blasphemy and that is exactly what you get with this Witchmaster and Voidhanger split. The first five songs belong to Witchmaster which is one new track, a cover and three live ones and the second half of the split belongs to Voidhanger which sports three new tracks as well. Razing the Shrines of Optimism does exactly as the title says. It smashes all optimism, hope and obliterates anything else that could be good in your life and these bands have no second thoughts about it.
Each song between both bands are blasphemous, soul shredding and entirely damning. As soon as you begin listening you become surrounded in nothing but barbaric and relentless blackened thrash. Each song is a maelstrom of hate and completely shredding metal and after one listen you will be lucky to have all of your skin attached to your flesh and your flesh still attached to your bones. Both Witchmaster and Voidhanger play at a dizzying speed that gets you headbanging until you finally twist your melon right off of your neck leaving nothing but a stump.
Razing the Shrines of Optimism is a chaotic yet highly intoxicating and memorable listen that gets you headbanging right off the bat and after one listen is over you press play again only to bruise your brain more than you did the time before. Both Witchmaster and Voidhanger do a great job of getting you involved in the record and getting you engrossed and keeping you listening all throughout the aural assault. There are absolutely zero breathers throughout this split since when one song finishes another equally pulverizing song takes its place to further bury you in your final frigid resting place.
Each of the eight songs on this record are filled with venomous and razor sharp riffs, tumultuous drumming and unholy vocals that would rip the throat and vocal chords out of any mortal man. Not only is the musicianship itself dangerous but the hellish soundscapes that come along with the music are just as detrimental to your health. Once you begin listening you become dragged into the darkest and deepest depths of hell with no way at all to climb out.
If there was an apocalypse and Satan himself crawled out of his burning pit of hell fire, this split would be added to the playlist to our (un)timely demise. Overall, this split is a great head caving and soul stealing listen as it gets you involved early as you begin headbanging from note one and don’t stop until the release is finally over. Razing the Shrines of Optimism is packed with great songs from two great bands that you just can’t seem to stop listening to.
Check out a disturbing video for Voidhanger’s song Burnout Hearts Exhibition.
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