Vinterriket
Landschaftsmalerische Klangwelten synthe


4.0
excellent

Review

by A.K. USER (65 Reviews)
September 26th, 2006 | 8 replies | 2,560 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cold, atmospheric synth music, around the middle of the very large Vinterriket discography. Great dark/cold/atmospheric ambient, very akin to Paysage d'Hiver.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Full title should read:
Landschaftsmalerische Klangwelten synthetischer Tonkunst


Translates to: "Musical soundscapes of synthetic tone mastery"


And that's exactly what this album is. If you add the title to the band name Vinterriket, which means "Winter Realm”, you get a good understanding of what this cd is like. It consist of extremely cold synth melodies, and very sad atmospheres. Not for those whose favorite season is summer.

The Production
Simply perfect. The synths sound like they are covered in frost; they make you feel the cold that the music tries to convey. Excellent sound, there are numerous instruments used as well, droning low brass, multiple lead tones comprised of mixes of string sounds, and the signature droning cold strings that makes Vinterriket so awesome. The drums are very rare and have a very electronic techno-ish sound, making parts of this reminiscent of very dark EBM a la “Ice Ages”. Unlike some Vinterriket releases there are no guitars here/ If there were guitars, then I could say that they are very Burzumish, highly distorted, a wall of buzz. But this release contrary to Winterschatten and Finsternis is exclusively synth. Neither are there vocals.

The Music
I think I already said it. This stuff is cold. The title gives away that it is not one of his black Metal releases, but rather an electronic/synth journey through various almost trance inducing songs. It’s very soothing and relaxing, and while some may discredit it as simplistic and repetitive I think it is one of the best atmospheric synth albums that I own. If you want just droning chords like on the “Landschaften Ewiger Einsamkeit” release, then you will also find plenty here. In addition there is also a beautiful choir sound that is employed sparingly with a marvelous effect (See “Der Tod Woutans”). Melodies also occur quite often, all of them in minor keys and all quite melancholic. The music is pretty well suited to being described as “cold melancholic ambient”, best enjoyed during cold seasons and in a natural environment (like a forest). The one cover that is on here is “Der Tod Woutans” from Burzums second amient album and it is amazing. I’d say it’s better than the original, one of the saddest, simple, pieces of music I’ve heard in a while.

Recommended for fans of:
Paysage d’Hiver
Ice Ages
Uruk-Hai (Austria)
Forest Silence

Not for:
People who hate synths

NOTICE: This is filed in Black Metal because Vinterriket has many black metal releases and because the music caters to black metal fans. The music on this cd is dark ambient.



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Shadows
Moderator
September 26th 2006



2530 Comments


:eek:

This album sounds amazing. I have a soft spot for ambient metal. And that title is pure amazingness. Heil Deutschland. :mad:

loathed
September 26th 2006



174 Comments


wow, a black metal album completely in deutsch. i must check this out...

provided i can find this somewhere

Cravinov13
September 26th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's a looong CD title. This sounds cool.

Silenius
September 26th 2006



302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Please take note that there is a second disc included in a special edition version of this, which I don't have, and therefore couldn't review. ;)

Pete
September 27th 2006



189 Comments


Uhm, you're not supposed to review albums you don't know well enough to know if there are guitars on it or not. Couldn't you just as well have reviewed one of their albums you've actually heard more than once?

whatsgrimace
September 27th 2006



47 Comments


I am going to have to check this out. It sounds right up my alley. Good review.This Message Edited On 09.27.06

niobium
September 27th 2006



238 Comments


Aha, a Burzum cover.

This gives me some insight of how this is going to sound. I'm interested, dark ambient/black metal is a great mixture.

Silenius
September 27th 2006



302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Uhm, you're not supposed to review albums you don't know well enough to know if there are guitars on it or not. Couldn't you just as well have reviewed one of their albums you've actually heard more than once?

I have heard this cd at least 10 times. I simply have about 70+ Vinterriket songs on my PC and the music is very similar and hard to differentiate. And no, there are no guitars, I simply added that because there were a few parts (maybe 1% of the cd) that had drums that I didn't remember so I was unsure if there might not be a guitar riff in a song or two, but there isn't.



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