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Review: Ezayah/Valefor/Zenith Maudlin - Passages from the Dark Side
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Passages from the Dark Side

Label: Extreminal Productions
Year released: 2010
Duration: 37:35
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: May 15, 2011
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
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Split album from Turkish black metal acts Ezayah, Valefor and Zenith Maudlin. The former band is more along the lines of straight up black metal whereas the latter two fall into the "depressive" black metal side. Starting with the first band Ezayah, I felt the band were given a bit of a raw deal as opposed to the other two, with one of their tracks serving as the intro and the other a 4-minute cut that fails to inspire anything more than a yawn.

I have already reviewed Valefor's full-length album, of which one of the tracks on Passages from the Dark Side appear. Their music is a doom-laden style of black metal, with horrible vocals that essentially sound like someone tied a cat up in a bag and beat it with a shoe. This style of vocals doesn't really fit the music and sound ridiculous. It takes away from the seriousness of the music on offer, which is a shame because as far as the music goes Valefor mean business.

Finally we have two tracks from Zenith Maudlin whose style isn't too far away from that of Valefor. Their production and mix is a tad superior, undoubtedly the finest on this split, and their sound is generally quite crushing. The last track on the album "After Poisoned Seven Minutes" is the best here, a solid moody piece of black metal, minus vocals. Overall Passages from the Dark Side is a decent enough slab of black metal, recommended to fans of the "depressive" style.

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