One of my favorite things about split albums is when one half is an artist I’m already familiar with and the other half is an artist I’ve never heard of. This is one of those splits. I’m very familiar with Twilight Fauna and his take on atmospheric black metal. But I wasn’t prepared for the beautiful doominess of Jennifer Christensen (Disemballerina).
Starting with the Jennifer Christensen side, you get serenaded by a morose strings only (cello and I believe violin) track entitled ‘Sickness Unto Death’. At six and a half minutes, the track is stunning and works as a perfect set up for the Twilight Fauna track.
The Twilight Fauna side is in complete contrast to Jennifer Christensen’s track. ‘Crossing The Threshold’ is a raw and abrasive black metal track that us totally devoid of drums. The harshness of the guitar almost creates a wall of noise (think Sinn O))) but way harsher) that becomes more and more glorious with each listen. It’s one of the best tracks I’ve heard from Paul Ravenwood and makes me really excited for what he has coming up in the future.
This split works so well because it is two like-minded artists working in two different styles that should clash, but end up creating something worthwhile and beautiful. Also, I’m not totally sure about the lyrics on the Twilight Fauna track, but based on the music and the track titles, this seven inch almost sounds like it’s a recording of the process of dying. ‘Sickness Unto Death’ is the sadness of knowing you or someone you love is on death’s door while ‘Crossing The Threshold’ comes off as the physical pain of dying and crossing into the unknown.
I’m really hoping these two work together again in the future, but in a more collaborative effort. I would love to hear what they would come up with writing music together.