Label: Not On Label (Wolfheart Self-released) - none • Format: CD Album • Country: Finland • Genre: Rock • Style: Death Metal, Folk Metal
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. Review originally posted at www. Thomas Wolfheart is the solo project of one Tuomas Saukkonen, who you might recognize as the brainchild behind such acts as Before the Dawn and Black Sun Aeon. Winterborn is the first project under this moniker after disbanding all his other projects, and though it was originally self released back inSpinefarm is now making this slab of Finnish melodic doom death perfection available again to no doubt adorn year end lists in And my god is it ever good.
There are soooo many good riffs on here, it simply has to be heard from start to finish. And of course, all of it is rendered with a big Finnish crunch, rending leads, powerful bellows no I - Wolfheart - Winterborn here either and the light gloss of morose cellos and synths. Every track just oozes excellence. Every track is damn near perfect.
There aren't many bands that can efficiently capture the cold bleakness of a northern winter, but those that can do so very successfully.
One is of course Norwegian black metal outfit Immortal. The other, far more recent band is the one man project from Finland, Wolfheart. Of course, sole member Tuomas Saukkonen is no stranger to the cold; having also been the sole member of his previous project Black Sun Aeon, Saukkonen has a talent for blending aggression, atmosphere and melody together. What is so striking about this album is how the myriad ideas all come together to create a very unique animal. The vocals are death metal, and the guitar work has the sort of cold atmosphere you would expect from a band like Dissection, complete with melodic and melancholy I - Wolfheart - Winterborn solos.
Further adding to the mix are the use of acoustic guitar passages and a melancholy string opener on "Routa Pt. The result is a rare type of album: an album that defies any real categorization, and exists as it's own cold monster.
What makes the album truly Dancing Barefoot - Patti Smith - The Patti Smith Masters: The Collective Works is how, as a songwriter, Tuomos Saukkonen allows these musical parts to come together.
The softer passages serve as openers to songs such as "The Hunt", "Routa Pt. This works particularly well in "Routa Pt. Also The Demon 5 - 666 - The Sun Kills in the favor of the album are the lead guitar parts, which appear in nearly all of the songs, but work best in "I" and "Chasm", where the melody I - Wolfheart - Winterborn you into the frozen lands Tuomas sings about. Speaking of the singing, the lyrics are just as important here as the music, even if the death growls don't make them immediately audible.
Matching with the cold, melancholy music, the lyrics are full of love and longing for a land of frozen lakes and forests, remembrance of the battle "Strength and Valour" and "Ghosts of Karelia" describe past battles and victories and an intense reverence for I - Wolfheart - Winterborn life giving and life taking side of nature. In short, "Winterborn" is not just a good album, it is probably one of the best metal albums ofand his Wolfheart project shows a lot of promise.
The music and lyrics work perfectly together to create one consistent vision, and there is never the feeling of over indulgence or boredom with the material. Obviously the target audience is anyone into melodic death or black metal, but I would recommend this album to any metalhead looking for a perfectly composed album to take them to another realm. I've even known someone who didn't particularly like metal, yet highly enjoyed the album. When an album has the potential to be appreciated by different types of people, that's 69 Année Erotique - Various - Aint Nuthin But A She Thing you I - Wolfheart - Winterborn the artist has done their job well.
How can this man do it every single time he releases a new album? How, I ask you? I can't explain it. The moment I opened my FB and saw that statement I was like: "worst day ever". However, Wolfheart was mentioned to be the new Tuomas' project, so I had two different feelings beside sadness: apprehension I didn't know what was there to come and, of course, happiness. But enough talking about this, let's focus on the "Winterborn".
In the middle Una Estrella Fugaz - Los Estudiantes, Los Sonor, Los Relampagos - Todas Las Grabaciones de Los Estud the summer, throughout the night, there I was in my computer, doing nothing, until suddenly we receive the news: first single for "Winterborn", "The Hunt", is released. A cold winter breeze suddenly went through the room, but I didn't care.
My eyes were drowsy but dammit, I didn't care about them too. The ears were all I needed. They say the first impression tells a lot about a certain person, and it also told me a lot about this album. If Tuomas had done such an awesome first song, then the rest had to keep being mind-blowing.
And there was no way I could be wrong. I was so damn right Combining touching melodies like that part in "Breathe" that goes from "When sorrow calls my name" to "stop seace breathing" with powerful and aggressive riffs and drums like the beginning of "Strength I - Wolfheart - Winterborn Valour"this album has almost everything you can ask from a melodic death metal album. Even though there has been some discussion concerning the genre of Wolfheart, I think melodic death is the simplest way to refer I - Wolfheart - Winterborn it.
As I already said, this album combines powerful and melodic guitar riffs but also beautiful acoustic guitar moments, great drums and bass work, awesome My Rain - Samo Salamon New Quartet - Keis Secret course growls and great keyboards in the background the touching cello moments, well expressed in "Routa Pt.
I think one of the songs that combines all of this elements is exactly "Routa Pt. Just one small not so good aspect and, notice, I'm not, for sure, saying I don't like the songs I'm going to mention. I'm not saying that there is lack of originality, but I can find some very similar songs in his old projects but it is also true that he said this new band was going to be kind of a mix from his old projects. The starting riff is, for me, pretty similar. Now, we go exactly to the next song, "Whiteout", which reminds me also in the beginning of "Frozen" by Black Sun Aeon.
But on the other hand, there are good aspects in this "going back in time" thing. I just love this two songs, I simply fell for both of them. Then, we have another thing I loved. I just can't be the only one noticing that this is the exact same end of "Routa" Black Sun Aeon.
I find this awesome. One of everyone's favorite song from BSA has the ending part of the lyrics back in "Breathe". So as you have read in this lines, the album is, without a shadow of doubt, one hell of an album. Oh, wait a second, I just mentioned them all!
And no, it's no mistake, they are all very good. And as one of the lucky ones that got the two instrumental pieces, "Frey" and " a.
Once again, the beginning of a song reminds me of a beginning of another. But apart from that, it is a very beautiful song. These two instrumental pieces are good enough to fit in any album, from my point of view. So although you can't have the bonus tracks if you order the album now, you will still have almost 50 minutes of great melodic death, done right.
This man is a master in the realm of melodic death metal, and in every new album he proves that point. So when sorrow calls your name and grief runs in your veins, just pick up "Winterborn", listen to it and distract yourself from your sadness for To Be Alone With You - Bob Dylan - From Grand Rex To Hammersmith minutes.
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