EVIL COMES TO YOU 2 WAYS!
4 brand new tracks from each band. Vestal Claret's occult take on NWOBHM vs. Ungod's raw/unholy conviction to black metal ala Venom, Celtic Frost, Bathory, and Mercyful Fate.
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Philip Swanson - Voice
Simon Tuozzoli - Guitars
Michael Petrucci - Drums
Hometown: Hamden, CT
Anti-Christian, Occult, Satanic heavy metal/hard rock
Vestal Claret was created in 2005 by Phil Swanson(Briton Rites, Hour of 13, Seamount, ex-Earthlord, ex-Upwards of Endtime, ex-Lepus, ex-Atlantean Kodex, ex-Nightbitch) with Simon Tuozzoli as an idea for an occult heavy metal / death rock project. Simon was running the studio Phil was recording at and asked if he would take part in the Vestal Claret recordings. "Blood Oath" and "The Templars Idol" were the first tracks spawned from this meeting. Jim Quinn originally of Upwards of Endtime sessioned on these recordings before Michael Petrucci joined the ranks full time.
Hometown: Gochsheim, Bavaria. Germany
Formed in Winter 1991 with the intention to bring back the old metal spirit that was lost through the years by stupid Trends and Crossovermentality. Early influences ranged from old Black Metal like Venom,Bathory,Sodom,Sarcofago,Destruction and the likes to (back then actual)Underground bands like
Samael,Necromantia,Blasphemy,Rotting Christ etc.
"This is a review of a split cassette between Connecticut's Vestal Claret and Germany's Ungod which was released by No Visible Scars in 2012 and we will start off the review with Vestal Claret a band that plays occult rock mixed in with traditional and doom metal influences.
Drums range from slow to mid paced drumming with not much in the way of fast playing or blast beats, while the bass playing has a very strong and powerful tone with heavy doom metal riffing that dominates throughout their side of the recording.
Rhythm guitars range from slow to mid paced 70's occult rock style riffs that add in influences from doom and traditional metal as well as some dark sounding melodies being thrown into the riffing, while the lead guitars are very 70's sounding classic rock/metal guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars which are only utilized briefly they use full chords to give the music a more dark and evil sound.
Vocals are all clean singing vocals that mix traditional doom with classic rock as well as a brief use of spoken word parts, while the lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism, Dark and Anti Christian themes, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy and retro sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion while Vestal Claret is not the material that ever gets reviewed in this zine, I still think they are a decent sounding occult rock/metal band that would appeal to fans of this genre. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Cult Of Vestal Claret" and "Three And Three Are Six". RECOMMENDED.
Next up is Ungod are a b and that has been interviewed before by this zine with a musical style that I would describe as being raw and primitive sounding occult black metal.
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being thrown into the music, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they have a very powerful sound to them.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast black metal riffs that are very dark, raw, and primitive sounding in the old school tradition along with some dark sounding melodies being thrown into the riffing and there are no guitar solos or leads present on their side of the recording.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams mixed in with some chanting ans poken word parts, while the lyrics cover Occultism and Darkness, as for the production it has a very dark, raw and primitive sound in the classic black metal tradition.
In my opinion this is another great recording from Ungod which has the best music on this split and if you are a fan of old school, raw and primitive sound occult black metal, you should check out this b and. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Transsexual Seraphs" and "Silence In The Golden Walls Of Endless Hope". RECOMMENDED.
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split I would recommend it to all fans of occult rock and black metal. RECOMMENDED BUY."