Morketida / Grieve MLP Split Comp Digipak CD
Previously released in the spring of 2020 but only on vinyl, this split collects MORKETIDA's Traveler of the Untouched Voids EP and GRIEVE’s debut self-titled EP onto CD format for the first time ever. Leading off is Traveler of the Untouched Voids, which sees MORKETIDA travel further down their own, ever-more-idiosyncratic path. Still largely downtempo but unafraid to kick into hypnotic blasting, here do they explore swampier and more eldritch terrain, heightening the beyond-the-shade atmosphere ever more through patient, plaintive melodies and more rugged expressions thereof. The organ of yore has been replaced by occasional touches of mystical synth in a most early '90s manner, while the vocals similarly plumb stouter depths. If anything, one could say that MORKETIDA are nodding more toward an ancient Eastern European expression or one less-than-tangentially removed from the contemporaneous Hellenic scene. GRIEVE’s self-titled debut EP follows. Despite its release in 2020, one could easily mistake GRIEVE's swift two-song salvo as some lost recording from the mid/late '90s, so authentic and unshakable is its swelling, mystical surge. As such, Grieve is not short on nightsky melodicism nor is it unafraid to lace those wandering-soul ruminations with subtle touches of synth. Altogether, it's a simple first statement from GRIEVE, but one nonetheless profound: the past is alive!
Now brought together onto vintage CD format, both MORKETIDA's Traveler of the Untouched Voids EP and GRIEVE's Grieve breathe new life, making for a fully satisfying 30 minutes of elite Finnish black metal!