Mayhem / The Meads of Asphodel - _Freezing Moon, Carnage / Jihad_
(Supernal Music, 2003)
by: Pedro Azevedo (7 out of 10)
Originally released in 10" picture vinyl only, this collaboration between Mayhem and The Meads of Asphodel now receives the compact disc treatment -- to the delight of those who were so far unable to find it. This CD version comes with two extra tracks by The Meads of Asphodel (one of which a Hawkwind cover), meaning their eclectic work now spans the split's first six cuts, while Mayhem contribute with just "Freezing Moon" and "Carnage" (advertised as the only studio recordings by their 'classic' line-up in existence). Considering the already vastly different musical styles on offer here, this further imbalance in terms of quantity means the two Mayhem tracks tacked onto the end of _Jihad_ and its respective bonuses fit about as comfortably as a dislocated shoulder -- but who said splits ought to be evenly styled and balanced throughout? Indeed, this contrast enhances the musty, underground feeling of the Mayhem tracks, complementing the sophisticated and inventive work by The Meads of Asphodel. This split effect always works best on vinyl, where you have two physically separate sides, but not all is lost in converting it into CD. If you are a Mayhem or The Meads of Asphodel nut and haven't got this yet, then buy now; otherwise, this is not the best place to start looking into either band.


(article published 30/1/2004)

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