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.
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
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 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)
'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
"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."
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.