Winterfylleth
The Threnody of Triumph


4.5
superb

Review

by Mackinlay McBride USER (7 Reviews)
December 15th, 2012 | 67 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A dark, beautiful, and atmospheric black metal album that should solidify the band’s position as one of the leaders of the scene today.

Winterfylleth is a black metal band formed in 2007 with the intention of ‘’honouring England’s proud ancestral heritage and rich national culture’’. Much like their fellow British black metallers Wodensthrone and Fen, Winterfylleth focus on bleak, but beautiful atmospheres and dark, haunting melodies. The Threnody of Triumph is their third album, after 2008’s The Ghost of Heritage and 2010’s The Mercian Sphere.

A good thing (depending on point of view of course) about Winterfylleth’s music is that they are much more approachable that a lot of black metal (i.e. Paysage d’Hiver). The production is very clean for the genre, yet the music does not lose any atmosphere or power because of this. The music is also quite melodic as it features quite a bit of a folk and post rock influence. The sound of the album is very reminiscent to that of early Ulver , with its melodic riffs and choral chanting. However, the album is 10 songs in an hour, so it can still be quite a daunting listen, especially as it still has a lot of repetition in there.

Musically, the band is on top of form. Everything is done at a very epic scale. Chris Naughton provides a very impressive and enchanting vocal performance, and the soaring riffs are absolutely mesmerising and even quite catchy. Simon Lucas gives a very strong and frantic drum performance, however the bass is inaudible for the most part of the album, as per usual with a lot of black metal. With that said, it is still obvious that the band has an extremely strong rhythm section.

A highlight of the album is the ferocious opener A Thousand Winters, with it’s beautiful melody and roaring vocals and ending with choral chanting. The song sets the bar high for the remainder of the album. One other highlight would be A Memorial, with a catchy-for-black-metal riff and blast beats galore, an example of Lucas’ strong performance. However, any of the songs could be highlights for different people as they can all take you on a journey and paint pictures in your mind of landscapes and medieval times.

The one real flaw with this album is that Winterfylleth, now three albums in, have not really added much to their sound. It could be said that ‘’if something isn’t broken, then don’t fix it’’, but it would be nice to hear a bit more variety in there. However, that is only a small gripe as the band has created a dark and beautiful album. It may take a few listens to get into, as it is not as urgent as before, but it is wholly worth it as with repeated listens it only gets better. With The Threnody of Triumph, Winterfylleth show just how beautiful black metal can be without the use of keyboards or orchestral arrangements. Their best yet.



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Surtur
December 15th 2012


521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A rather short review. I did rather struggle with writing with this, but that's probably obvious. It just needed a review by now.

Ignimbrite
December 15th 2012


5503 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is the sex

Surtur
December 15th 2012


521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's brilliant! Takes a few listens to fully get into it (from my experience anyway), but after that it's so listenable

Hawks
December 15th 2012


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't think this is as good as the two albums that came before it, but it's still pretty awesome.

Surtur
December 15th 2012


521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I thought it was their worst at first, but it grew a hell of a lot on me.

Hawks
December 15th 2012


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I should probably listen to this again. It's been a while.

Surtur
December 15th 2012


521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah you should, I reckon it would be worth it.

zaruyache
December 15th 2012


7419 Comments


First song is awesome.

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sixdegrees
December 15th 2012


17723 Comments


album is awesome

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Surtur
December 15th 2012


521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First song is probably the best yeah, but as I said, all of the songs are brilliant, even the instrumentals.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
December 15th 2012


19067 Comments


yeah i should spin this probably

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zaruyache
December 15th 2012


7419 Comments


Definitely. Nothing breaking the mold, but it does what it does very nicely.

Surtur
December 15th 2012


521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's definitly one of, if not my favourite black metal album this year, purely because it does what it does so well.

SteelErectedb4you8er
December 15th 2012


2618 Comments


I found this release to be most excellent in every way possible. Nice review!

auberginedreams
December 15th 2012


6077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah good album, might bump my rating after i listen to it some more.

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Imperial
December 15th 2012


1739 Comments


This is a fucking gem I tell ya!

zxlkho
December 15th 2012


3472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love this album

Ignimbrite
December 18th 2012


5503 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck it, 4.5'd. This gets better with every listen.

Surtur
December 18th 2012


521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It does! It's a really easy listen after a while.

Hawks
December 31st 2012


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally giving this another listen. Probably gonna bump the rating up a little bit.



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