Kalmankantaja did a splendid job (as per usual), but Iku-Turso didn't disappoint either. They were the weaker part of the split, but on-par with Kalmankantaja's performance. I may not be too much of a fan of their lyrics though.
Favorite track: Uhriveri.
For the ever-burning Eternal Fire, we present to you - Ikuinen Tuli - a strong collaboration between Finland's most prolific black metal band Kalmankantaja and last year's Finnish/Dutch newcomers of Iku-Turso.
Kalmankantaja walks the path of sorrow with three new lengthy hymns of pagan profanity. This split contains some of their fastest material up-to-date with haunting melodies, savage shrieks and fierce musicianship. The spirit of classic Finnish black metal- HVNK KVLT.
Iku-Turso’s epic psalms stem from the deep roots of Northern Finland, where there still are untrodden paths and the unforgiving cold winds blow. The necrotic howls and screams are produced in the Netherworld of The Netherlands. After a strong and well-received debut album Iku-Turso now returns with four new black metal songs reminiscent of the glorious times when Emperor’s In The Nightside Eclipse was just released and Satyricon was still producing bone-chilling black metal albums.
The timeless cover art "Cult of the werewolf" was done by the esteemed Mr. Daniele Valeriani ( Mysticum, Dark funeral etc.).
Digipack-CD with a 16-page booklet available this Walpurgisnacht (30-4-2018).
This one was a slow burn for me. Repeat listens are essential I think to really appreciate it. That said, if someone asked me to introduce or describe black metal to them, I’d give them this album. They’ll either run screaming or be a fan of the genre for life. Brian3737