SCAR 017 Vestal Claret/Ungod-Split cassette 2012






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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VESTAL CLARET 

Members:
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. 




UNGOD

Members: 
Tairach-Vocals
Schiekron-Bass
Cryptic Tormentor-Guitars
Iron Incubus-Guitars
Condemptor- Drums 

Hometown: Gochsheim, Bavaria. Germany 

Black metal. 

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."   




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