Winterus
In Carbon Mysticism


3.5
great

Review

by someguest USER (24 Reviews)
April 22nd, 2011 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: And the riffs will fall into Lake Michigan, and all will be slain.

They’ve only been around a few years, but they already have a record deal and a lineup which seems to be stable for the time being. And they’re also one of the few bands from Michigan playing black metal. In an industry that’s finally starting to gain some ground in the United States, their decision not to become one of the dimes a dozen has proven to be a successful formula for the band this far. However, it’s always slightly worrying when you read that a band is going for a do-it-yourself approach as far as input and production; you never know if it’ll be produced well enough, or if the sound they’re going for will be successfully conveyed to their target audience. Luckily for Winterus, they’re fully aware of the sound they wish to achieve on record and create a successful atmosphere in the process.

It’s important to stress that the drums and guitar are at the forefront of this album. Every symbol hit is audible and all the riffs are easily distinguishable. The real difference maker of the album is held in the feeling behind the riffs; there’s an immense display of emotion within them that set the ominous and dark tones of the album. A lot of the album’s power is generated by the vocals, which are strong and display a great range with excellent delivery. The vocalist also has the ability to create both a talented high screech and low growl. They are also mixed fairly well within the context of the album. There are a few moments (most notably in the portions with a more “spoken word” approach) where it’s somewhat difficult to hear all of the details within the vocals, but it never brings down their quality or distracts the listener. However, it’s best to forget about the bass because there isn’t a note to be heard, which can be attributed to the dominance of treble over bass in the production.

The album’s structure can be broken up into three pieces: songs with vocals, instrumentals, and live recordings. There happens to be an equal amount of each adding up to the album’s nine tracks. The instrumental tracks probably work the best; there’s an absolutely great abundance of emotional and catchy riffs, which take a lot of influence from both Wolves In The Throne Room and Agalloch. And the drumming is nothing but quality. Unlike many black metal bands there’s a lot of variety within the drummer’s style, and there’s never an instance where repetition becomes an issue. Live tracks can be hit or miss with any band when they’re released onto record, but here they fit extremely well with the sound the group is trying to get across to the audience. They’re a bit muddier when compared to the rest of the album, but it’s not problematic in the slightest. Also, they clearly display that the band can perform live without any hitches. And in this industry it’s incredibly important to show you can do well regardless of the location. While the album is not an entirely cohesive piece, it showcases the talent of the band both in the studio and on the stage.



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someguest
April 22nd 2011


20681 Comments


Everyone who likes black metal should at least listen to this for the riffs; they're phenomenal. Great debut.

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DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2011


8824 Comments


i should give this a shot, good review :]

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Hawks
April 22nd 2011


35838 Comments


I definitely wanna give this a chance.

someguest
April 22nd 2011


20681 Comments


I have a feeling you'll like it.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2011


18524 Comments


Sounds cool, i've listened to like 1 bm album all year so yeah.

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someguest
April 22nd 2011


20681 Comments


I don't even know how much black metal I've heard from this year.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2011


18524 Comments


Now that i think of it i saw these guys video a bit ago and the vocalist has gauges so i just turned it off and never looked back, but i guess i'll try again.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2011


7047 Comments


your recs on the right hand side are not half bad neither.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2011


18524 Comments


Ehhhhh this is pretty average imo. I mean there are some cool riffs, but no coherence at all. Plus the drums sound fucking terrible.

Willie
Moderator
April 22nd 2011


16019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

One of the better black metal albums I've heard this year. Good review.

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Defeater
April 22nd 2011


5782 Comments


Ehhhhh this is pretty average imo. I mean there are some cool riffs, but no coherence at all.


No coherence as far as too many shifts in the songs?

Plus the drums sound fucking terrible.


They're just really high in the mix. And thanks Willie.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2011


18524 Comments


Nahh it just felt like the song structures were really amaturish, like they had a bunch of riffs and just threw them together.

And i really hate triggered drums, especially if they are poorly triggered.

Sat13
April 23rd 2011


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent fusion of atmosphere and melody in Black Metal style with great guitar work!

Departures
April 23rd 2011


879 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Alright album but it get's old after you listen to the whole thing in one sitting.

ev0ken
April 24th 2011


586 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is pretty decent, the time seemed to fly by while listening to this. i enjoy this very much.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
July 10th 2011


23845 Comments


great review. I'm going to give this album a shot I think. I'm just cutting my teeth on black metal so I should probably stick with the "classics" for now but FUCK THAT I'm too elite for that shit.

someguest
July 10th 2011


20681 Comments


Thanks. There's a lot of atmosphere and post-rock influence which is good for you.

someguest
August 1st 2011


20681 Comments


Brutal.



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