When it comes to atmospheric Black metal UK’s finest Winterfylleth, come in full force with the title track, The Dark Hereafter. The shortest song on the five track and probably the simplest. One doesn’t soak in the Black Metal brilliance until second track Pariah’s Path takes a hold. If you are not taken on a journey, you are not strapped in for the ride. This track may sound familiar as it was included on the digipack version of the album prior. Chris Naughton lets out some almighty growls as the riffs get deeper and deeper digging a hole deeper than China. The chants set you in for blast beats to come on track highlight Ensigns of Victory by Simon Lucas. The chord progression will sure as hell move mountains in the UK heritage the band pride themselves on.
Keeping consistent with the follow up to 2014’s The Divination of Antiquity, which only felt like it came out yesterday, showing the band have matured immensely on their 5th release. Longest track Green Cathedral, slows down but makes way for more atmosphere than an astronaut lost in space could absorb. The chants spread some evilness that would scare the heebie-jeebies out of any priest in a cathedral, let alone the Green Cathedral of Winterfylleth. The last minute spoke word and what sounds like church organs are as evil as Satan’s grin. Final track Led Astray In The Forest Dark, another highlight and my personal favourite, shows another side of the band with clean vocals; Ghost coming to mind. The guitar solo by latest member Dan Capp is sure to please guitar enthusiasts and wizards alike for its guitar wizardry as there is no other way to describe it. Just check out the contagious riff just after the six-minute mark. If you haven’t been taken away in the last forty minutes, you weren’t there, to begin with. So for some atmospheric metal blacker than a bat flying past Dracula‘s castle in Transylvania or the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne‘s dinner table, soak up some tunes from the mighty Winterfylleth. \m/