Winterfylleth
The Hallowing of Heirdom


4.2
excellent

Review

by Atari STAFF
April 1st, 2018 | 105 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A changing of the seasons

A decade into their career, The Hallowing of Heirdom is the biggest turning point for Winterfylleth’s sound thus far. They’ve always stood out for mountainous riffs, but this time they’ve completely dropped all black metal aggression in exchange for a colorful acoustic folk album. Although it’s a method that could have gone one way or the other, it works tremendously well for them. The Hallowing of Heirdom plays out like the changing of seasons: gentle strings and guitars are manipulated into glowing horizons and shifting winds. There are no harsh vocals on The Hallowing of Heirdom either. Instead, ancient chanting and more traditional folk singing are dispersed throughout the album’s massive backdrop of instrumentals. The scenery is often held together by nothing but acoustic guitars, but the playing and timing is everything – something Winterfylleth have down pat here.

Throughout The Hallowing of Heirdom are classical influences that add depth to the acoustic passages, and it’s impressive how naturally these touches are thrown into the mix. All the album’s majestic nature comes gushing out with force in the massive, 7-minute closing title track. Beginning and ending with rain pouring across the landscape, it’s a testament to how effective and organic Winterfylleth’s music can sound given more room to breathe. Although acoustic tracks and interludes have always been scattered throughout the band’s discography, they’ve never been fleshed out like they are here. Whereas in the past these moments have often lacked character, the band’s unwavering focus here has resulted in a thing of unmistakable beauty.

The Hallowing of Heirdom, despite dialing down the gigantic riffs, is full of variety and color. “Frithgeard” is already a large departure from the lengthy, chant-driven opening of “The Shepard”. It’s dripping with sadness, evoking the feeling of walking through a once-thriving, but now dead civilization. Each track does a brilliant job creating massive soundscapes and lush scenery, at times even reaching theatrical levels. The conclusion of “Aecerbot” is one of the album’s loudest moments; it’s a track that has apocalyptic movie soundtrack written all over it. On “Embers” you can hear the crackling of a fire – the sound of each spark tossed from the scorching pit. The band’s delicate attention to detail pays off here, igniting a believable and enticing atmosphere throughout each track.

Entirely abandoning black metal and harsh vocals, The Hallowing of Heirdom manages to be one of the most scenic, memorable settings in Winterfylleth’s decade-long journey. It’s an album that allows you to soak in the vast hills and streams around you – the fresh scent of soil beneath your every step. I quite honestly pegged Winterfylleth as a bit of a one-trick pony – their stronghold being giant walls of passionate black metal – but The Hallowing of Heirdom puts this notion to rest entirely. It’s given me a whole new appreciation for the band. Here we have an album that relies on restraint rather than intensity, yet often feels more stirring and epic than some of the band’s heaviest cuts. It’s a sound Winterfylleth were born to make.



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Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2018


23246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

I'm early but beats the hell out of being late!



lovely stuff, by far my personal favorite thing they've ever done



will edit in links shortly - happy Easter!



title track

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toXgRH6Oj_A

https://winterfylleth.bandcamp.com/

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DungeonBoy
April 1st 2018


3993 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh wow, interesting to read about this being an acoustic album. Good review man, I dug their BM stuff but am really curious to hear this now. Have you ever listened to the guitarist Dan Capp's other project Wolcensmen? I'm curious how this album compares to his other project which is acoustic neofolk.

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Evok
April 1st 2018


7150 Comments


woah... I defs gotta get on this juan

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zaruyache
April 1st 2018


18773 Comments


a colorful acoustic folk album

groans. Not what I wanted from them, but with their track record I suppose I'll enjoy it even though I don't want to :-(

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Evok
April 1st 2018


7150 Comments


easy now, you know its gonna be glorious

Hawks
April 1st 2018


55191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck didn't even know these guys had a new album coming, fucking pumped to hear this.

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Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2018


23246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

Started playing guitar again and I need to learn that intro to Frithgeard asap...it’s gorgeous

parksungjoon
April 1st 2018


7644 Comments


damn this band is prolific and consistent

i heard some of their early stuff and dug it

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parksungjoon
April 1st 2018


7644 Comments


also hey its atari

teamster
April 1st 2018


2606 Comments


Have not listened yet but according to the reviewer they finally mixed it up a bit. Thank god. I should really dig the fuck out of this band but the monotony of their albums just turns me off - excellent review and thanks.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2018


8455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you for s/boxing me. Can’t wait to listen to this now. Sounds acoustically immense.

MarsKid
April 1st 2018


7018 Comments


The uncommon Atari review is always appreciated, spirit pos

Not sure if it would make sense to jump into their discog at this point, would it?

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ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2018


2174 Comments


OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

necropig
April 2nd 2018


3762 Comments


Wtf, didn't know these guys had a new one

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Beardog
April 2nd 2018


1862 Comments


why didn't I know about this? Listening to this ASAP

necropig
April 2nd 2018


3762 Comments


I wonder if the drummer is credited

Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2018


23246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

cheers for the comments and kind words everyone



album drops Friday but if I notice a stream before then I'll post it

Evok
April 2nd 2018


7150 Comments


Cant wait

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2018


11317 Comments


Hell yeah, great review. I could really do with something like this now, from your description it sounds possibly similar to Kveldssanger, time to find out (:

Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2018


23246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

Ya, that comparison isn’t far off at all. Thanks dude - hope u enjoy it!



Was never a huge Winterfylleth fan before but this sold me on them



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