Frothing out of the deep and dark depths of the sludge and doom swamp is Morasth and blæck fox, two of doom and sludge’s newest sons. These two bands have come together to present three total tracks of nothing but buzzing, droning, fuzzed out, atmospheric doom metal. Though there are only three tracks on this split there is plenty of content to go around since the first two tracks by blæck fox run over seven minutes and the last monolithic droning wall of doom by Morasth runs over thirteen minutes. For twenty-eight plus minutes you are presented with captivating and wonderfully crafted droning sludge filled doom. Each of the two bands brings their own style and sound to the table gifting you with a varied and diverse listen that never gets old or tiresome.
Each of the three tracks on this split are harsh, bleak and melancholic and that is the thread that ties each song together. Throughout this split you are greeted with a dense and dismal atmosphere that seems to watch you with melancholic eyes. While you listen you wade through the thick and ever darkening atmosphere never quite sure if you will crawl back out of it. With that being said, the atmosphere is a huge draw here for me as it captivates you and almost puts you in a trance like state. Even as melancholic and harrowing as the overall sound and atmosphere is, you get sucked in and enchanted and have no other choice but to listen until you completely are submerged in the eternal depths of the abyss.
blæck fox and Morasth trudge and drone along through each track presenting you with a harsh wall of doom and sludge goodness. Even though written by different bands, the three tracks on this split really tie in together very well creating a cohesive and comprehensive sound. Instead of each track sounding as though it belongs to a different offering, each track works together in harmony to paint you wonderfully grim soundscapes and atmospheres that ultimately captivate you and take you through those wonderfully crafted atmospheres and soundscapes.
Once you press play the air fills with down tuned, murky and sludge filled riffs that are coupled with pounding drumming, thick bass lines and howling and gritty vocals from blæck fox. Morasth on the other hand is an instrumental band where everything mentioned is in effect other than the vocals. Both bands create a harsh yet near mesmerizing sound that you have a hard time pulling yourself away from. Each track is done well and performed very well gifting the listener with an overall solid listen.
If you are a fan of sludge or doom that has a twist to it, Morasth and blæck fox are the guys to look to.