Ill Omen / Slaughtbbath: "Pestilential Hierophanies" 7"
Split 7" between two of black metal's most prolifically yet consistently powerful bands, Australia's ILL OMEN and Chile's SLAUGHTBBATH. Aptly titled Pestilential Hierophanies, the record features an exclusive song from both bands and jaw-dropping foldout artwork courtesy of Nekronikon. ILL OMEN are on Side A, and in "Whited, Pestilent Sepulchre..." deliver a slow-burn monolith of magisterial might, exploding into dizzying, delirium-inducing frenzy by song's end. On Side B, SLAUGHTBBATH deliver one of their most epic and dynamic tracks yet with "Inverted Hierophany," rolling forward with a tense 'n' dense stomp before likewise exploding into bestial savagery. Although seemingly a tease from two bands who rarely put out full-lengths in relation to the rest of their respectively vast discographies, Pestilential Hierophanies is an indispensable expansion into the equally nightmarish worlds both SLAUGHTBBATH and ILL OMEN inhabit.