Both Nashville, Tennessee natives, the trio of Act of Impalement and the married couple known as Forest of Tygers, have come together to release a brand new Split through Acteon Records. The seven-inch features one track from each group, blending together a blackened world with hints of sludge and doom metal. With both groups having recently formed, though the latter of the two unleashing more recordings than the former (three demos, two EPs and a compilation versus a single and an EP), has there been enough time for maturity within these two acts, or is there still plenty of room to grow?

First up is "Pay of Pigs" by Forest of Tygers, an aggressive mixture of black metal and sludge. The thick audio quality, though still fairly crisp, plays up the heftiness commonly associated with the latter of those two, adding a little more impact behind the slight rasp of the vocals. While not quite desperate, they often can walk that line, especially when backed by some of the depressive hooks. The drums don't really have much variety throughout the course of this performance, and at first can even just sound a bit amateurish until you reach the feedback about half way in. However, if you really listen to the patterns utilized, you can pick up on a fast paced tribal rhythm that becomes evident later thanks to the bass kicks, proving themselves a worthy addition to this somewhat rough sounding exhibition of melancholic hostility.

Next is "Trenchwinter" from Act of Impalement, which isn't quite as powerful, or remotely as memorable. It all starts out as a brisk crawl through the cemetery on a cold winter's night. The haunting riffs lead to a mid-tempo chug that packs a bit of hardcore attitude as well for good measure, creeping along for the chorus despite the faster chords and bass lines. The track's main downfall is that, while it does seem to go somewhere, it just doesn't quite reach that point, cutting itself down in what seems like the prime of the song's existence.

This Split 7" is an interesting combination of two Nashville, Tennessee locals that show off the potential each nolds. Forest of Tygers present a track that has a little more substance that you need to examine closely in order to understand fully, whereas Act of Impalement can easily set the necessary mood, though need a little more work on song structuring as far as this track is concerned. If you've never heard either of these bands, this release will peak your curiosity as to each group's back catalogue, though you'll probably gravitate to one act more than the other in the long run.

Review originally posted at Apoch's Metal Review.