Xasthur/Leviathan - Split (Battle Kommand Records) - Back
Here we have a split CD for Xasthur and Leviathan. Ten total tracks, the first seven tracks are Xasthur which include a nice cover of Katatonia’s “Palace of Frost” and a well-developed black instrumental. The last three tracks are Leviathan, the last of which is a respectable Judas Iscariot cover. These tracks seem to be a little longer that the Xasthur tracks. The music is produced with a raw production. Fuzz and background noise isn’t overbearing, but you can still hear the classic guitar buzz. Xasthur has an old school black metal sound with some modern traits, almost Dark Throne like. A dark unholy tone. For Leviathan the music is pretty much traditional black sounding too, but I couldn’t get into it all. They could use a few more well-placed riffs to make it more vibrant. It’s kinda dull. Some parts seem drawn out to long, and it makes it seem repetitive. But with each band being made up of 1 band member each, Malific for Xasthur and Wrest for Leviathan, they both did a good job. Not many bands achieve what these did with only one person. They also have other projects including Twilight, SunnO))), Nachtmystium, and Lurker of Chalice. This split-CD has bonus tracks that weren’t available on the LP version that came out on Profound Lore Records in 2004 making the length 65 minutes long. This has potential, but I personally need a little more to really get into this. Not bad for what it is.


Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins