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I'm shocked no reviews for this astounding split are present. Not one comment, on the whole of the Internet. Odd, considering this is the single most enjoyable split I have ever heard within the Genre - not to mention Hypothermia's discography. Suicidal, depressive - hopeless, and bleak black metal, from both entities; Hypothermia and fellow Swedish-black metallers, Durthang.
Before initially hearing this split, I had not heard, or even heard of, Durthang. The band, which features ex-Hypothermia drummer, Nachtzeit - who himself is somewhat renowned within the scene, even though most of his other project I had heard were mediocre at best, Durthang is different; on this split anyway. Portraying all the negative emotions Hypothermia does not; torture, rape, violence, death, darkness, and so on, so forth. All of this goes excellent alongside Hypothermia, creating a very enjoyable split, exceeding my already high expectations.
What you hear in the first five seconds of this disc, if basically what you'll get for the entirety of the split; dark, monotonous and depressive rhythms, atmospheres and melodies. The most notable aspect of this release is that Hypothermia really prove who they are and what they are capable of. The riffs, screams and drums all work together in unison, dreadfully depressive, with absolutely no contrasting atmosphere to show how versatile a band they are (as many do as of late), nope... just straight up depressive black metal, they way it should be. This isn't your run of the mill DSBM band, this surpasses basically anything within the genre, even raising the standards of which forefathers such as Burzum, or Forgotten Woods initially set.
Lid and Ur Ångest Född share an eerie, monotonous production quality, it's perfect suiting to such a band; had this of had similar to their later productions, this could've gone either way. The pain within the songs is unlike anything... a dreary cloud of hopelessness, depression and agony hovers as you listen. It will entrance you, capture you and begin to pull you in until you feel only a small proportion of what Kim feels, though it'll still be too much for you to handle. When you think Hypothermia, you will think of the split with Durthang. No doubt.
Without coming down too harsh on Hypothermia's proceeding act, Durthang, I will state this; every split Hypothermia have released to date is more-or-less a Hypothermia album with an added bonus. I see each band they split with as something to fill the disc, basically it's as if Hypothermia give said band some free advertisement. Now, that said, Durthang is a thoroughly enjoyable Depressive Black Metal act - until otherwise stated on another review, Durthang are the most enjoyable band to share a split with Hypothermia. The first noticeable thing is that the bands share the use of the production quality, so the split seems to flow from one band to another. Durthang, in comparison make more use of minimalism, bass guitar (the opening bass riff on Silence is fucking chilling), and play a more aggressive style of black metal than Hypothermia (as aggressive as DSBM can get), though it still maintains the ever slow progressing music, the repetition throughout and the simplistic, four-by-four drum beats that DSBM is 'oh' so famous for.
Enjoyable, depressive black metal on most parts. If you're interested in checking out either band, this'll be the best place to start.