Vuur & Zijde - Impavida - split (2020)


Unleashing a weird Black Metal onslaught, today we have a split release from two very promising and highly unconventional bands: Vuur & Zijde from the Netherlands and Impavida from Germany. With each band having a unique take on the genre, this split release shows us a glimpse of the future, and let us tell you: it is quite dissonant and punishing.

Vuur & Zijde opens this release with the haunting “Zonnesstorm”, a track that is nicely contrasted by some Chelsea Wolfe female vocals and furious guitars/drums, creating a very unique and powerful vibe. Waiting to come out after the band’s bursts of intensity are creepy atmospheric passages that set a chilling mood, as we hear on “Zilt”. Vocalist F. delivers a very intense and ethereal performance, particularly on the eerie “Noordzee” and its dramatic keyboards.

The gears definitely switch to even more chaotic and ravaging on Impavida’s first track “Gram”. With a very raw and brutal sound, this song creates a harrowing atmosphere thanks to the savage vocals and punishing instrumentation. If you thought the previous songs weren’t creepy enough, the demoralizing “Whan & Stille” will hit you like a bag of bricks unexpectedly… to the back of the head. This track is pummeling at first, and then it continues down a very hypnotic path of madness… pure evil brilliance on our book.

For a split release, this album has a ton to unpack and discover. Both bands create captivating music in their own unique way, focusing on dramatic atmospherics. Blending to perfection aggression with seemingly dissonance, Vuur & Zijde and Impavida create some of the most powerful songs we have heard in quite a while. If you like Black Metal that pushes the envelope, it does not get better than this.

Bands: Vuur & Zijde / Impavida Album: Split

Label: Lupus Lounge

Release: May 8th, 2020

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Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal

Country: Netherlands / Germany

Rating: 93/100

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