Night Heir
Wind in My Dream Mist in My House


4.0
excellent

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
March 6th, 2012 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


Night Heir is an incarnation out of the US, initially starting out as a solo project but evolving into a more of a 'band' recently, with the addition of one other musician. Wind... was released in 2010 and since then the group has been working towards a new recording, which for all intents and purposes will be a progression on what Night Heir layout in this first release. But I'm getting too ahead of myself here. Wind... is an amalgamation of various styles of music, mixing together elements of black metal and neo-folk with a progressive edge. The word 'progressive' has been used in reviews I've read in other web publications, but I'd like to point out that while this progresses beyond the various genres entailed within, even progresses beyond typical songwriting, I wouldn't really call this 'prog', at least in the typical sense of the term.

What is most evident when listening to Wind... is that while the listener may not necessarily like the overall sound that is being expressed, it is almost impossible not to appreciate Night Heir's ability to compose constantly invigorating songs. Each of the individual tracks on this record are articulated remarkably, but also come together with utmost coherence and congruity. I've actually put off writing this review for some time, as I constantly feel like I haven't listened to the album enough to be able to write a deserving review, mainly because I've not really heard much like this - it recalls various atmospheric black metal records but morphs them in such a way that the album doesn't feel like black metal; it takes the cold and almost dispassionate elements of neo-folk and turns them into something else entirely. On top of all of this, it manages to retain complexity, both in its theme and its composition, all while incorporating various ambient passages, something that many bands try and fail to do.

Sean from the band states that 'it's admirable when people can express feeling through music in a way that's sincere but also effective, otherwise you end up with weepy whiners or trendy unfocused hipster bullshit', which I think sums up Night Heir perfectly. When a band is covering as much ground as Night Heir is doing on this record, there is a chance they can wear themselves thin. This is not the case here. The band being aware of this fact just adds oodles of authenticity which is impossible to replicate. Night Heir is one of those groups that defies typical categorisation, but in the good kind of way. If you happen to like black metal, neo-folk or atmospheric and genuine metal of whatever style, Night Heir may be for you. It shows a legitimate appreciation of the finer points of emotional music, and most likely shits all over the last 'atmospheric' album you just downloaded.



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rasputin
March 6th 2012


14555 Comments


streaming with a pay what you want download at their bandcamp:

http://nightheir.bandcamp.com/

copies of it on tape are also available

I didn't mention this in my review because personally I don't think they are too similar, and I think it would be an insult to make the comparison, but fans of Agalloch and bands like that should check this out immediately

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2012


16137 Comments


Well, this sounds nice.

Good review, B-Kay.

rasputin
March 6th 2012


14555 Comments


cheers man

imo this is probably closer to a 3.5, but gotta remember this is sputnik

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2012


16137 Comments


Yeah, you know how we do. If it's even remotely good, gotta 4.5 that shit after a cursory listen or two.

TheSpirit
March 6th 2012


17987 Comments


Interesting you say that you think it would be insulting to compare this Agalloch. You may not like them that much but overall they are pretty highly regarded and probably would entice more people to check this out. I mean you did go out to say it anyway so i guess this post is useless but yeah

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rasputin
March 6th 2012


14555 Comments


haha yeah

I was dubious with this at first, but it does grab you. songwriting is really good. plus i'm very guilty of being less critical with bands i'm in contact with (unless their music is bad, in which case i never reply)

rasputin
March 6th 2012


14555 Comments


'Interesting you say that you think it would be insulting to compare this Agalloch. You may not like them that much but overall they are pretty highly regarded and probably would entice more people to check this out. I mean you did go out to say it anyway so i guess this post is useless but yeah'

i think it would be insulting when you take agalloch as they are now. if the band had broken up after pale folklore (which, if a comparison was to be made, is the most similar) then i probably wouldn't hesitate. plus, comparing them is still a stretch - if you listen to it (which i think you should, it's definitely up your alley), you'll see it's got very different way of going about atmosphere

TheSpirit
March 6th 2012


17987 Comments


Hmm yeah, I understand that. I guess I'll have to check this out then.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2012


16137 Comments


Intro reminds me of Mount Eerie.

CaptainDooRight
March 6th 2012


30239 Comments


i fucking love that artwork, i have to check this out regardless of anything

artwork sets me on fire

rasputin
March 6th 2012


14555 Comments


cheers for the comments duders

seedofnothing
March 6th 2012


3425 Comments


Good review, pos. I'm interested.

chambered69
March 6th 2012


1253 Comments


between creamation lily, trespassers william, red nightfall and some others ur becoming one of my fav ppl to get music from

Oathbreaker
March 6th 2012


1649 Comments


"fans of Agalloch"
I was planning to get this but this kinda put me off. Thanks for the review anyway, I'll get to it.

zaruyache
March 6th 2012


7234 Comments


Pos'd and downloading now. Gonna listen later.

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2012


16466 Comments


I trust your judgment so I'll check this out, sounds like something I'd enjoy. Might grab this on tape
if it's good.

CaptainDooRight
March 6th 2012


30239 Comments


"Night Heir is one of those groups that defies typical categorisation, but in the good kind of way. If you happen to like black metal, neo-folk or atmospheric and genuine metal of whatever style, Night Heir may be for you. It shows a legitimate appreciation of the finer points of emotional music, and most likely shits all over the last 'atmospheric' album you just downloaded."

Excellent closer.

MO
March 6th 2012


18986 Comments


right on rasp, this is good shit

rasputin
March 6th 2012


14555 Comments


I was planning to get this but this kinda put me off.


as I said before, fans of Agalloch will definitely like it, but that's not to say they are similar. I'm not a fan of Agalloch.

between creamation lily, trespassers william, red nightfall and some others ur becoming one of my fav ppl to get music from


cheers brah =D

seedofnothing
March 7th 2012


3425 Comments


I don't know where the Agalloch comparison came from but this reminds me nothing of the such.

This to sounds more like sludge/hardcore with certain post/doomy aspects. same parts were very enjoyable while others not so much. But as you mentioned you listened to it many times and allowed it to grow on you.

I'd prolly rate this a 3-3.5/5 right now but after many listens it grow a bit more but I was disappointed that the album art didn't really gel with what's being heard here.



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