Splits can serve an array of purposes. In this case, the self-titled, 30-minute split between Rhode Island’s Sky Shadow Obelisk and Bangalore, India’s Djinn and Miskatonic worked as an introduction to both bands as I had no previous experience with either one of them. Both bands have a handful of prior releases, so this split essentially works as a micro-sampler of what each has to offer.
Label: Yuggoth Records.
In response, Djinn and Misktonic offer a more conservative approach with two tracks of Goatlord-styled doom metal. The first track, “Empress of the Sands of Time,” is a mid-paced driver propelled by fuzz-laden guitar. Things get a bit dicey when an attempt at Gregorian-styled chanting is employed, as these sounds stick distractedly out of the mix and pull attention away from what’s going on in the song. Luckily, however, the same vocals are handled much better in the second track, where they feel more incorporated and serve a purpose to the song, drawing comparisons to a similar usage of the style by bands such as Abysmal Grief.
This split is an unusual pairing of artists to say the least, the only really common factor here is the underlying “doom” tag that does little justice when looking for any comparison between the two. The release serves its purpose, however: showcasing the style of each band. While Sky Shadow Obelisk left me curious and interested for their back catalogue, Djinn and Misktonic didn’t leave as much of a strong impression.