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НАВЬ / DEATHMOOR – De Morte Peccati Ad Mortem

Band: Навь / Deathmoor
Title: De Morte Peccati Ad Mortem
Year: 2014
Country: Russia
Label: S.N.D. Production

Навь: non disponibili

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Translation: LordPist

  1. Навь – Трепет Предчувствия – Страх Неизвестности (Явь)
  2. Навь – Незримое Прикосновение к Бездне и Смерти (Навь)
  3. Навь – Перерождёный в Поток Мироздания (Правь)
  4. Deathmoor – В Потоках Сентябрьских Ливней
  5. Deathmoor – Deathmoor – Вдохновению Октябрьских Сумерек

Your favorite webzine keeps on working on the latest S.N.D. Production's releases, this time we are dealing with the split record by Навь and Deathmoor, released last year. This time, Stavropol Nekrodivision (from Russia) produced a five-track black metal work for less than thirty minutes of running time in total.

Навь (that would be read as Nav' in Latin alphabet) took up the first three songs. Information about them is quite scarce, so much so that I had to resort to Metal Archives in order to have a clearer idea about them, with all the eventual risks of this operation: the band was started in 1996 by Izbor, has previously released two albums and seems to have been named after the afterworld in Slavonic mythology. The style is a black metal heavily influenced by thrash, overwhelming and fast-paced, born out of the ferocious riffing and the vehement work at the drums; however, there are many elements reminiscent of heavy metal, and even a quite majestic melodic passage in "Перерождёный в поток мироздания (Правь)". Despite the fierce approach of the band, the sound doesn't result chaotic since the production allows us to distinguish quite clearly each and every instrument. Their full power is on display, and perhaps the only slightly penalized element is the drums in the faster-paced sections; on the other hand, the bass was given a special treatment and was allowed to communicate with the guitars giving them more volume. As for the vocals (sung in Russian), Izbor's scream is relatively decipherable despite its rawness.

The fellow Russian act Deathmoor is their traveling partner in this occasion. We had already met them in the past on the "Stavropol Nekrodivision" compilation back in 2012, and also because they share two members with  Lashblood (drummer GXfff and multi-instrumentalist Sadist). Their style is much closer to classic black metal and more dilated, as the duration of their songs shows (an average of about seven minutes compared to the other band's four), while the atmosphere gets richer; it can generate evilness, and also evolve into quasi-ritual sceneries through the use of chants sung in clean vocals. The production work, similar to what we heard for Навь, contributes to combine the two sections of this split.

Before concluding, a few words about the artwork: the two complementary black and white hands that tear the weave that divides them clearly hint at the split record. Still, they don't have the same power as the death-themed illustration on the back, perhaps not too original but that could have been a better fit as a visual presentation.

"De Morte Peccati Ad Mortem" is a release without side effects, a good introduction to two bands that know what they are doing and sport notable skills.