Crown of Bone, who here supplies some of the best work of his rapidly expanding discography. Crown of Bone consists of a former member of Demonologists, and that is easily discerned by the electronic, full-frontal assault of blackened, trance-inducing harsh noise, that, while often composed of static, low-end wall noise, still somehow manages to employ a very menacing dynamic that sometimes pushes the sound into dark- or ritual ambient territory. The deadly vocals probably have an awful lot to do with that. For more info on Crown of Bone, check out his Facebook and Bandcamp pages.
The first split is with mysterious California black metal outfit Law of the Rope. No one seems to know much about this outfit, but that is really of no consequence when the music is this good. I haven't heard a release of theirs that I don't like, and it had been a while since I'd heard something new, so this was very pleasing to see. They pair up nicely with Crown of Bone, presenting 4 songs and about 18 minutes of lo-fi black metal that really has no comparison; you can certainly file this in the "weirdo" variety of black metal, as these songs in particular are all over the place in terms of their sound. Sometimes focused on psychedelics and noise, and sometimes using a more traditional black metal sound, Law of the Rope will always, it seems, keep the listener guessing. Check out the Law of the Rope / Crown of Bone split cassette at the Crucial Blast Bandcamp - if you buy it from that page rather than the CB shop. you'll get to download the songs as well.
vocals harken back to those of the great Silencer. To some, that may be a deal-breaker, but to me, it makes it that much sweeter. Stream and purchase the cassette here.
Alternately, you can buy the cassettes from the Crucial Blast Shop.