Paysage d'Hiver/Lunar Aurora
Split


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ryan Kroner USER (29 Reviews)
February 2nd, 2012 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's getting colder.

Bands from Northern-Central Europe tend to be extremely adept at making cold, bleak atmospheric black metal. The reasons for this propensity for quality are not completely clear: one could argue that the region's oft-chilly climate could contribute to the winter-y feel of these bands' music, but there are much colder regions than this area around the globe. Maybe it's the abundance of natural beauty that inspires these acts to create such bleak and lonely soundscapes, but this, again, is not unique to this region. Whatever the reasons may be, it is indisputable that bands like Switzerland's Paysage D'Hiver and Germany's Lunar Aurora are extremely good at what they do: making some of the coldest, most barren under-produced ambient black metal this side of northern Russia.

One might assert that Paysage D'Hiver (the side project of Darkspace's Wintherr) have never released any truly bad material, and their contribution to this split is no exception. Over the course of two 11-minute tracks titled Schwarzä Feus and Schwarzäs Isä, Wintherr (AKA Tobias Möckl) traverses terrain not dissimilar to what frequently appears on many of his other demos and splits. Both tracks incorporate the same ambient backdrop that repeats during periods of quiescence during their durations, accentuating the impeccably frigid, repetitive riffing that composes the bulk of the music. As always, Möckl's vocal performance is absolutely splendid, his bone-chilling, high-register shrieks acting as the driving force behind what might otherwise be relatively bland compositions. While both presenting highly enjoyable experiences for those who have previously appreciated Paysage D'Hiver's output, however, it might be said that the two tracks Wintherr contributes to this particular split are less engaging than and are lacking the immensely powerful atmosphere that can be found on other releases, particularly those such as 2001's Winterkaelte (the closest analog to the work presented here).

However, although Wintherr's side presents two undoubtedly enjoyable, if not slightly sub par, tracks from an act known for its consistently high-quality output, the focus of this split is, without question, the contribution of contemporaries Lunar Aurora. A Haudiga Fluag, a gargantuan 21-minute behemoth of icy riffing, desolate soundscapes, pummeling ambiance, tasteful samples, and incredibly well-executed screeched vocals, may very well be one of the greatest works of ambient black metal in recent memory. It's far longer than most, yet a listener well-versed in this style of black metal will find him or herself thoroughly engaged throughout the entire composition. Relying on a multitude of variations on a single, relatively simple progression, A Haudiga Fluag is markedly less produced and more icy than much of Lunar Aurora's other output, and since it is probably the single best piece of music they have ever written, one may wonder why they do not choose to take this route more frequently. Everything, from the recurring pieces of semi-demented German spoken word samples to the absolutely beautiful central acoustic motif that comes into play near the song's 7-minute mark, Lunar Aurora's side to this split is an inexplicably incredible venture that will be appreciated by anyone with any experience with this particular kind of black metal. Simultaneously bleak, beautiful, heart-wrenchingly sad, frigid, and emotionally powerful, A Haudiga Fluag could very well be considered one of the definitive works of ambient black metal of its time.



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Ignimbrite
February 2nd 2012


5499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I haven't reviewed any black metal for a very long time, so please be nice :]

Seriously, Lunar Aurora's side is nothing short of breathtaking.

CaptainDooRight
February 2nd 2012


30334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love paysage, gotta hear this

Wizard
February 2nd 2012


19644 Comments


Dl'ing now. You write some damn good reviews. Please do more!

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CaptainDooRight
February 2nd 2012


30334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah pos hard

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2012


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thought about reviewing this a while ago. One of my top three black metal splits.

Wouldn't call Paysage's side "slightly subpar", but I agree that the Lunar Aurora track is a bit of a show-stealer. Probably the best thing they've done, actually.

Hawks
February 2nd 2012


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review dude. I'm definitely gonna have to listen to this.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2012


16478 Comments


Yeah this split is sick

Auschwitz
February 2nd 2012


1285 Comments


kvlt.

CaptainDooRight
February 2nd 2012


30334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

kinda pointless with all these indie fags but bump

Xenophanes
Emeritus
February 2nd 2012


10663 Comments


Gonna check this out. Great review man.

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Ignimbrite
February 2nd 2012


5499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks for the feedback! and @ Angel, when I called Paysage's side slightly subpar I was, in fact, saying that more in comparison to other (better) O=Paysage releases and to Lunar Aurora's side. they're not bad songs in and of themselves, but they are a bit boring when put up against their nearest analogues.

Adabelle
February 2nd 2012


4260 Comments


Getting.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2012


19067 Comments


gotta get this recently ive been noticing a massive hole in the amount of good bm that i have

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CaptainDooRight
February 2nd 2012


30334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

seems like most people on this site are missing good underground bm, i looked up about 10 bands and didn't even find them on this site.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2012


19067 Comments


the ones who would listen to it generally dont care enough to add them to the database

that being said there are tons of absolutely shit unknown bm bands out there

CaptainDooRight
February 2nd 2012


30334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

absolutely true on the shit band


peeps needs to stop being lazy with this indie pop dick and but some krieg on display

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2012


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I might've heard them and thought they were shit and never added them to the database for that reason. Ya never know.

CaptainDooRight
February 2nd 2012


30334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

reviews for shit bands give balance, but yeah I get you

i'm gonna have to put in some work, but yeah it'll get overlooked on this site im sure

TheSpirit
February 2nd 2012


18001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review, good split

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Ignimbrite
February 2nd 2012


5499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yeah, in general i only add bands if they're actually worth adding



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