Fister/Norska: Split

Fister/Norska - Equinoctial Split album coverFister is a three piece doom metal band from St. Louis, Missouri. The band incorporates heavy influences from the black and death metal genres into a depressing sludge spewing heaviness that many have attempted, but few have mastered. Fister’s latest full length ‘Gemini’ is a testament to this, as the band captured the aural equivalence to watching a Cronenberg film on barbiturates.

Norska, made up of Jim Lowder, Aaron Rieseberg (Yob), Dustin Rieseberg and Jason Oswald, are a sludge/mountain-man doom outfit from Portland, Oregon, and thereabouts who have managed to find a home for their diverse musical disciplines in a project that is both sonically and cerebrally heavy. Norska’s unique brand of metal displays the extremes of human emotion in musical form.

I’ve been a fan of Fister since 2011’s ‘Bronsonic’ record, so I was thrilled when I heard they were releasing a new song. And when I found out it was a 7″ vinyl split with Norska, I thought this is going to be insane. And it is.

‘Horror Vacui’ is a force to be reckoned with. It’s one part evil and two parts ferocious as it weaves in and out of a blackened doom trance. Kenny Snarzyk’s vocals are better than ever as he spews forth from the Book of Fister. ‘Samhain’ is equally as punishing albeit having more of a progressive sound to it. It trudges along with a welcome broad beat while guitarist Dustin Rieseberg lays down some fantastic riffage.

You cannot go wrong with a Fister song. Their brand of sludge laden doom is loud and devastating. Norska, whose prior self-titled release turned plenty of heads, are just as much a force to be reckoned with. Highly recommended.

The wickedly cool artwork was created by Scott Fogelbach (guitar/bass, The Lion’s Daughter). He has done some work for Fister in the past.

Label: Black Bow Records
Album Type: Split
Date Released: 02/21/2014
Band info: Fister Facebook | Norska Facebook

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