Artist: Svinfylking and Isataii
Album: Svinfylking/Isataii Split
Release Date: 24th March, 2023
Genres: Raw/Melodic Black Metal
Formats: Digital, cassette (CD and vinyl TBD)
Label: Nithstang Productions
Country: FL and CA United States
Price: Digital: Name Your Price
Listen to and order the album below:
Message From The Artist
Svinfylking members and their roles:
Agerius – Vocals/guitar
Grimnyr – Guitar
Leonidas – Bass
Alarick – Drums
Self-recorded, mixed by Jake Rosekopf, mastering by Alarick
Little Wolf Galarza – Everything
Art by Micah Smith
1. Svinfylking – The Wolf is Loose (4:38)
2. Svinfylking – Six Shots in Idaho (3:44)
3. Svinfylking – All Our Fathers’ Sorrows (4:35)
4. Svinfylking – By Bullet, By Blade, By Hand, By Rope (5:30)
5. Isataii – Sickness is Life (The Second Coming) (4:01)
6. Isataii – Garden of Rot (4:33)
7. Isataii – Devastation Sequence (3:31)
8. Isataii – Death is Glory (4:12)
More About the Album:
In recent years the USBM scene has come to hold a whole new level of respect in the underground black metal world, with more and more boundary pushing and sound perfecting acts rising to prominence. While many have come to find the recognition they deserve, there are still many out there who have begun this journey and are well on their way. Two such acts are Svinfylking and Isataii, who have joined forces to showcase their mastery of the genre.
The split brings together acts from opposing coasts of the US. Svinfylking is a band located in Florida that draws influence from everything from Midwest emo to outlaw country, extracting and refining it into a pure black metal form. Meanwhile, Isataii is a solo Native American project from Los Angeles, that describes their style as Penateka Comanche Black Metal.
Both halves of this split are raw, uncompromising, no-frills black metal. If you’re looking for high end production, advanced effects, or symphonic elements, then unfortunately this won’t be the split for you. However, if you enjoy expertly crafted raw black metal with a real bite to it then you’ve come to the right place.
Svinfylking have managed to further refine their sound between their last release and this split. The work and forethought that they have put into their stylistic direction shines through in the four stellar tracks they have put on offer here. Their sound comes through clear and polished without sounding even remotely over produced, retaining every ounce of venom and spite that one could hope for with music of this nature. There’s a perfect balance struck between melody and aggression that will allow their new style to appeal to a far wider audience.
Isataii on the other hand has retained their uncompromising purist approach to raw black metal. Their half of the split hammers the listener with barbed riffs and both venomous shrieked and menacing raspy guttural vocals. However, there’s a heavy focus put on maintaining a depressive and somewhat epic atmosphere that is just as important to the music’s overall sound as the rawer, more confronting elements.
Overall this is a truly solid split album that not only showcases the skill and promise of both acts but serves to show the rest of the world just what the USBM underground still has to offer.