Paysage d'Hiver
Nacht


4.0
excellent

Review

by Anthemic USER (6 Reviews)
September 1st, 2014 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fairly typical Paysage d'Hiver album, but exceptional nonetheless.

Paysage d’Hiver, or “Landscape of Winter” in English, is an ambient black metal project formed in 1997 from Berne, Switzerland. The sole member, Tobias Mockl (known as Wintherr), is a genius at writing music that reflects the harsh, desolate nature of snowy landscapes through extremely raw production. Wintherr has listed the Burzum albums, “Hvis Lyset Tar Oss” and “Filosofem” as some of his largest musical inspirations. However, if you step into the world of Paysage d’Hiver expecting a Burzum-esque sound, you’re in for a pretty big surprise. This music is for people who can handle extended periods of long, ambient droning to the point that any instruments being used are nearly indistinguishable from one another.

Paysage d’Hiver’s eighth full length album from 2004, “Nacht,” or “Night” in English, follows the typical minimalistic and repetitive approach Wintherr so frequently uses, but changes up the formula by trying to convey the darkness of night over the savagery of winter. The intro to the first of the album’s five songs, “Des Lichtes Sterben - Part I,” opens with seventeen minutes of howling wind and an eerie keyboard melody that joins in midway and fades out towards the end. Following the slow intro, the album picks up pace (barely) and pummels the listener with a gigantic wall of distorted guitars and drums. The truly evil-sounding, wretched black metal vocals swoop in a couple minutes later to take the listener on a journey through a dark, cloudy winter night. After ten minutes of very little variation, the music briefly stops and throws some feedback at you before switching to a more somber sound, still with the droning guitars, but the drums take more of a back seat here than before.

A stand-out track is “Finsternis Tod und Einsamkeit,” which opens with a few lasting guitar chords and the same haunting wind sound from the album’s intro. The guitar slowly becomes more prominent and provides a truly beautiful element to the atmosphere of the song. After seventeen minutes the song fades out and “Des Lichtes Sterben – Part 2” kicks in with a whirlwind of loud, fuzzy guitars and feedback over faint blast beats and even fainter vocals. This is also probably my favorite track on the album.

With very little variation within individual tracks, this is an album you have to listen to from start to finish. It’s an experience, not something you can start, set down, and pick up later. At times the album will seem a bit overly self-indulgent, and at times it can sound a lot like other Paysage d’Hiver albums, but I promise that this is worth the effort to listen to. It helps to come at it with a certain attitude; don’t listen to this while doing anything else and stay open minded. Let the music take you on a journey within your own head. Wintherr makes some truly unique music, and Nacht is no exception. If extreme minimalism and lowest-of-the-low production don’t bother you, give this album a listen and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.



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Anthemic
September 1st 2014


79 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was the most difficult album I've reviewed yet, so pos if you like it and I'm always open to constructive criticism.

Digging: Burzum - Filosofem

Gameofmetal
September 1st 2014


1167 Comments


"follows the typical minimalistic and repetitive approach Wintherr so frequently uses"

should be used* at the end

Good review. Been meaning to check this band out.

emester
September 1st 2014


3334 Comments


gotta wait 4 months to jam this

Digging: Aphex Twin - Syro

Gameofmetal
September 1st 2014


1167 Comments


Oh wait if Wintherr is a band then never mind.

Anthemic
September 1st 2014


79 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gameofmetal, Wintherr is the person behind Paysage d'Hiver, and "uses" should be correct in that
context. If I had put "used" that would be switching tenses.

Anthemic
September 1st 2014


79 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks though. I appreciate the feedback!

Gameofmetal
September 1st 2014


1167 Comments


Yeah I was thinking it was another one of their albums, which in that case "used" would have been appropriate. Like I said, I haven't checked this guy out yet so I didn't know who Wintherr was.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2014


16395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think this is actually quite different than a lot of Paysage's material. Album slays, one of my favs from this band.

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Anthemic
September 1st 2014


79 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Winterkaelte is the only other Paysage album I've actually listened to from start to finish, but from all the bits and pieces I've heard, some elements of the album bring to mind things they've done before, like the howling wind sound between tracks. And yeah, great album.

TheSpirit
September 1st 2014


17847 Comments


However, if you step into the world of Paysage d’Hiver expecting a Burzum-esque sound, you’re in for a pretty big surprise. This music is for people who can handle extended periods of long, ambient droning to the point that any instruments being used are nearly indistinguishable from one another.


I'm not sure I understand this. You say not to expect anything Burzum-y and then go to describe EXACTLY what would make this sound similar to Burzum.

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zaruyache
September 1st 2014


6480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's like Burzum but balls-to-the-wall in a blizzard.

Digging: Alpha Male Tea Party - Droids

Hawks
September 1st 2014


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet this has a review now. m/

This is actually my least favorite Paysage from what I've heard, but still really good stuff. Been a while since I jammed though.

Digging: Engraved - Before The Tales

CaptainDooRight
September 1st 2014


29133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos'd

sweet stuff here

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Anthemic
September 2nd 2014


79 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Exactly what Zaru said. Burzum has never really been THIS raw (not that it's a bad thing).

Thanks for the feedback and comments y'all.

MoosechriS
September 2nd 2014


5011 Comments


This was among my recent buys as i was finishing off my paysage d'hiver collection, only span it once or twice so far. Awesome stuff but still not sure where it sits with me in relation to the other material.

Anthemic
September 2nd 2014


79 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I need to listen to these guys more. It's not the most accessible music, but it's damn good.

TheSpirit
September 2nd 2014


17847 Comments


I get what you mean, but at the same time, being rawer in just a production sense doesn't really make it wholly different. Either way, good review and obligatory album/band rules.

osmark86
September 2nd 2014


4101 Comments


great effort for giving this a review mate! Paysage d'Hiver always deliver on the feels. One thing though:

"This is also probably my favorite track on the album."

That's great and all, but you're not exactly telling is why that is. have a pos though!

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osmark86
September 2nd 2014


4101 Comments


us*. blarney!

Artuma
September 2nd 2014


13105 Comments


one of the weakest paysage albums tbh

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