This is a split CD of two of Necropolis Records’ earliest releases. For those of you who don’t remember seeing this stuff on your local record store’s CD racks, these two were originally released only on vinyl and are both long since out of print. The Messe des Morts EP was one of Holocausto’s earlier works with Beherit, only incorporating some of the Industrial influence that marked later Beherit albums. The production is raw and fuzzy, sounding almost like complete shit but with a little polish. The music is awful, and about as chaotic as you can get while still maintaining some Industrial elements. The Archgoat segment of this CD is a bit longer (it was a 10-inch instead of a 7-inch) and not quite as chaotic. This is clearly underproduced raw-as-fuck Black Metal in the older way, but with Death growls instead of the “getting a large, violent animal shoved up my ass” screams that are so much a part of raw Black Metal these days. The music is sort of like a slower version of Darkthrone during the A Blaze in the Northern Sky era but with a little keyboard work to add some atmosphere. Face it folks, this CD is a retrospective look at the Black Metal scene back in the “older days” and should not be treated as anything else. These two recordings aren’t classics by any stretch of the imagination. If you have the vinyl and love the bands, then this is a worthy buy. If you expect something great, prepare to be disappointed.
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