If you've ever been irritated by the huge amount of sloppily made split releases made by two bands that are united by almost nothing, you'll surely welcome this kind of collaborations as warmly as me. Necrosadik (reviewed here) plays raw and depressive Black Metal with ambient elements, and on this release they present a pretty improvised 88-minuter recorded during one night. Manica is a one-man Dark Ambient outfit, and takes care of background loops and other atmospheric effects. This collaboration was originally supposed to feature Plecto Aliquem Capite as a third act.
The song features all the usual Necrosadik-elements; a raw, slightly gritty and unrefined guitar sound executes simplistic riffs that on this particular release sound quite improvised. They're mostly based on repetitive short bits following another, with some more noisy and drone-like stuff every now and then. No other instruments are used aside of the vocals, which are raw and quite distorted. They don't have much power in them, but the personal sound amount of feeling they possess makes up for it. When the vocals are around the guitars pretty much fade out, as is usual with Necrosadik, but in this case it doesn't matter as the ambient backgrounds are there to take up the free room.
If the album would consist of Necrosadik's part alone, it would be rather dull and one-dimensional already due to it's lenght - Manica's contribution makes the release a lot more special. For the most part his contribution consists of a single short loop that goes on throughout the release. It's a slightly eerie and echoed one, with some deep bell chimes. It doesn't sound groundbreaking or too great on it's own, but when mixed with the guitars and vocals it makes the soundscape unified and gives it a huge part of it's nature. It turns the guitar from an individual instrument into just an element creating the soundscape, so that the whole has it's distinct nature even if it clearly consists of certain elements that you can pick out. This is the thing that makes the release a mix of Dark Ambient and Black Metal, without it being too focused on either of those. I don't think that the listener was meant to actively listen to the release for it's whole lenght, I think that the main focus was meant to be on the created atmosphere.
I don't know at which point it was sure that Plecto Aliquem Capite wouldn't take part on this release, but it seems that there would's room reserved for their input. Necrosadik's output becomes too violent and uncontrolled somewhere during the album's last quarter and makes it stand out too much from the ambience, which damages the whole and makes it a bit of a bore to listen to. It would be a nice spice if used occasionally, but now it's let to have too much control. There's some nicely eerie and primitive piano-work from Necrosadik and some more thought-out synths most likely from Manica used really sparsely during the album's end, and this is something I would've gladly heard more often on the album. The eerie atmosphere is now a half-done due to lack of input and effort from both the artists, so the album doesn't really last proudly in listening from it's beginning until it's end.
There's not many people I can recommend this album to; this is from the underground, and chances are you won't like it too much. If you enjoy really primitive and quite depressive black metal, or want some change to your horror-influenced and eerie records, pick this up. The bands' output fits surprisingly well together, and bold experiments and collaborations like this are something I'd gladly see happening more. This album is far from perfect, but it has such an amount of courage, pride, emotion and belief in the output from the artists themselves that it's existence is justified. The grade would be higher if the album wouldn't end to a dull cut-out and if the cover arts were more thought-evoking and had more content.