When two blackened death metal bands meet on a split the end result is something that is entirely blasphemous and face ripping. Both Profound Grave and Occult Pantheon play a sadistic style of blackened death metal and the title of their new split is Immortal Chaos Ascends and it sports ten total song split right down the middle. The first five tracks belong to Profound Grave and the last half belongs to Occult Pantheon, but no matter which side of the split you start on, you are bound to be pummeled and shredded by a barrage of hate fueled blackened death.
Profound Grave begins the split with a brief intro that is a mixture of gun fire and choral singing, but once that is over, Profound Grave kicks it into high gear. For the next four songs you end up being subjected to raw and uncompromising blackened death metal. Profound Grave rolls song after song of twisted fury that gets your head nodding from the beginning to the end. Each of the tracks that Profound Grave provides for you are incredibly raw and unrelenting as they come at you at full speed bulldozing you without so much as a blink of an eye. Nothing on these tracks is over produced or over thought as each one of them is appropriately punishing with a natural raw and dissonant sound. Each song is filled with demonic screams, razor sharp riffs and tumultuous drumming through and through. There is no escaping the demonic assault of Profound Grave once you have begun your listen as your only option is to take the beating.
As mentioned, the second half of this release belongs to Occult Pantheon. Occult Pantheon begins their half of the split with and intro as well, but this time the intro clocks in over three minutes in length. The intro that leads you in is filled with the sounds of rain and thunder with a bell sounding off in the background only to be coupled with ominous orchestral music as well. This intro leads you straight into their first song I’ve Arrived at Charon Port (Omega)”which at first is a slower burning track that morphs into a devastating assault of blackened fury. After the track I’ve Arrived at Charon Port (Omega) an interlude titled Sailing Through the Seas of Realities appears providing you with more atmospheric and foreboding orchestral music which eventually leads straight into (Alpha) The End of the Beginning. Both I’ve Arrived at Charon Port (Omega) and (Alpha) The End of the Beginning are filled with solid riffs, rumbling bass lines, acrobatic drumming and unearthly bellows to provide you with a sinister and purely intense sound that shreds you nearly immediately.
Immortal Chaos Ascends ends with an outro from Occult Pantheon. This split is relatively short and has plenty of replay value. Overall, both bands play a twisted and sinister style of blackened death metal and both bands are solid and execute all of their songs very well. At the end of the day, if you are looking for something to sink your soul into bitter darkness as well as something that you can bang your head to, this split will be a good listen for you. Both bands are raw and uncompromising in their all out assaults and are solid all around, and if you are a fan of blackened death metal, you can’t really go too wrong with this release.