Vinterland
Welcome My Last Chapter


5.0
classic

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
July 19th, 2007 | 220 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A perfect album. It's beautiful, sad, melodic, crushing, and hateful.

Vinterland is a relatively unknown Swedish Melodic Black Metal band, being together for just 6 years, releasing this single, solitary album for the world to hear. I can't tell you how they managed to do it, but what I can tell you is that Vinterland released probably the best Melodic Black Metal album ever, easily rivaling "Storm Of The Light's Bane". You just have to seclude yourself, let this disc spin, and it is a somber, haunting adventure. Think "Storm Of The Light's Bane". It's an album almost every Black Metal fan has listened to, it's seen as the pinnacle of Dissection's career and the best Melodic Black Metal album ever recorded. Think of that, then imagine darker, sadder, more melancholic riffs and vocals with such fury and hate in them that they sound like the voice of a tortured prisoner. Think of furious double bass kicks and interlocked harmonies with that echoing cry racing across a misty forest. Think of it as a melancholic serenade of pain, death, and suffering. This is Vinterland, this is their world, this is pure emotion, this is one of the best Black Metal albums I have ever heard.

Soft acoustics playing a haunting melody introduce you to the band, before a high screech kicks in the instruments, with the guitars playing a fast, heavy riff in front of the pounding double bass. It's almost too much to take for the first 30 seconds of the opening track. "Our Dawn Of Glory" is unrelenting, pulling you in with no remorse. The vocals are normal Black Metal, nothing extra special, but they suit the intense, pummeling riffs (you'll know what I mean when you hear this). The vocals remind me a lot of Emperor, which is nothing a Black Metal fan will complain about. Don't think the Melodic part of this is drowned out by the amazing heaviness of this. The riffs are much, much darker and more brooding than Dissection, while still managing to be captivating and just so sad, Vinterland really throws their entire soul into this album, and it really shows. They even throw in acoustic guitars under the already amazing layers of the electric guitars, drums, and bass, a technique I've never seen before. The songs are headbanging material, and the riffs in songs like "Our Dawn Of Glory", "A Castle So Crystal Clear", and "As I Behold The Dying Sun" are so epic and pounding you have no choice but to smile and realize you are hearing songwriting genius at work.

The drumming is also very well executed, and it shows. Double Bass is used almost constantly, and to great effect, as it just highlights the heaviness Vinterland is performing here. Also with the drumming comes my single, solitary negative about this album. I'm being picky with this one, but the drums are a bit under-produced. The double bass isn't thundering so much as it is tapping. The double bass effect would melt with the music so much better if the drums had that thundering effect, but maybe I'm being too picky here. Amidst all this chaos is pure beauty. The only instrumental, the amazing piano piece of "So Far Beyond...(The Great Vast Forest)" is a wonder of piano playing. The notes come together to form a brooding, somber atmosphere with ominous voices in the background, letting you know that you're only three songs into this monster. Also, as mentioned before, the calming effect of acoustic guitar is often heard under the crushing electric guitars, showing a hint of peace alongside the furious riffs.

I can't say there is a bad track on this whole album, no song gets boring even for a second. From the crushing opener "Our Dawn Of Glory", to the fantastic, epic closer "Wings Of Sorrow", this is a masterpiece of musicianship and songwriting ability. I hold this album very close to my core because it is probably my personal favorite Black Metal album of all time, and one just so impacting you have to hear it yourself to believe it. Whether you pick this up off the internet or on eBay as I did, I can guarantee you 100% you will not be disappointed.



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2007


16434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of my favorite bm albums of all time.

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

BallsToTheWall
July 19th 2007


44606 Comments


Sounds interesting. I bet theres gonna be a journey to find this cd.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2007


16434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I bet theres gonna be a journey to find this cd.


It is, but I know that eBay has a few up.

Tyler
Emeritus
July 19th 2007


7926 Comments


you should edit that link out. it's not allowed on here.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2007


16434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

=O

Sorry man, my bad.

HotSalvation
July 19th 2007


258 Comments


tell me this is something that'll blow my mind.

HotSalvation
July 19th 2007


258 Comments


all the way back from '95

Wizard
July 19th 2007


19498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is so damn good, just like this review! Well written and described well. I find these guys to be forgotten about when people talk about Black Metal. They had better re-release this masterpiece!

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

Angmar
July 19th 2007


2689 Comments


Very good review, I'm gonna go download this right now ;)

rattlehead42147
July 19th 2007


1345 Comments


im gonna get this too, great job crysis! btw what link is not allowed on here?

Silenius
July 20th 2007


305 Comments


Sounds a bit like Dissection if you ask me. Pretty good album, nice reviews.


The link was probably a mediafire or megaupload link ot the album.

kalkal50
July 20th 2007


2386 Comments


Think of furious double bass kicks and interlocked harmonies with that echoing cry racing across a misty forest.
Woah.
I'm gonna check this out. Excellent review.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2007


16434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Im glad more people are going to check this out, it's way too underrated.

enslaved1896
July 20th 2007


11 Comments


Sounds like an interesting album.

As an Emperor fan, and a semi-Dissection fan, I would gladly listen to this now.

rattlehead42147
July 20th 2007


1345 Comments


well i've got this now and i can say that im pretty pleased by it so far

Unreal
July 20th 2007


229 Comments


Great review, really great album, still havent come to a conclusion on the rating though. got my vote though
Btw I dont want to sound like a pain in the @ss but the album is called "Welcome My Last Chapter" not welcome to my last chapter so if someone superior could sort that out that would be cool. thx

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2007


16434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Btw I dont want to sound like a pain in the @ss but the album is called "Welcome My Last Chapter" not welcome to my last chapter so if someone superior could sort that out that would be cool


Yes I know that it's just the guy who posted this one posted the album art, so I chose this. I know its supposed to be "Welcome My Last Chapter"

EDIT- I fixed the album title.This Message Edited On 07.20.07

Silenius
July 23rd 2007


305 Comments


Actually it's Welcome My Last Chapter (Wings of Sorrow) or some shit but who cares. :p

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2007


16434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol is it really? Whatever, Welcome My Last Chapter is good enough.

rattlehead42147
July 23rd 2007


1345 Comments


alright i fixed the title on my iPod :0
i cant believe i didn't notice that when i got the cd



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