Vera : Five albums with dense black metal, relished with any folk influences in calmer passages, with lyrics about the historical legacy of the Britain Empire, truly impressed us and it brought Winterfylleth to stages all over Europe. At the time of previous album ’The Dark Hereafter’ they already mentioned the coming of a totally acoustic album. With ‘The Hallowing Of Heirdom’ this idea has been realized.
On almost every album one could find a moment of peaceful tranquility with a (semi) acoustic song. Yet guitarist Chris Naughton and bassist Nick Wallwork appeared to have much more inspiration than they expected in that direction and before they realized it, a full length calm album was written. This approach is done minutely and with loads of passion, just like their heavy records. They engaged guest musicians on violin, cello, flute and Glockenspiel. They enrich the introvert acoustic songs in a wonderful manner. As always they recorded with Chris Fielding. He did the mix as well, but the mastering was given in the hands of Markus Stock and that’s obviously a masterly move when we think of the sound of Empyrium. For instance with ‘Weiland’, they released a memorable acoustic album in their career too and I can’t help from being remembered of (acoustic) Empyrium from time to time when listening to the music on ‘The Hallowing Of Heirdom’. That feeling is even increased by the melancholic violins and cello that are very often gracing the songs. Vocals (always clean) have a different timbre from the ones of Empyrium of course. Serene yet sturdy and proud.
The sober instrumentation puts these momentous, nearly pontifical chants in full spotlights from opening track ‘The Shepherd’ on. This album invokes images of savage Highlands, green hills and vast plains of beauty with a rich history. Quite many of the songs are instrumental, but the strong melodies reduce the missing of vocals to zero. When the guys open their crystal-clear throats again, the more it sounds impressive. Most of the songs are rather slow and melancholic. There should be no misunderstanding: this is serious folk / acoustic music, it never turns into jolly drinking tunes and that’s a pro. Pure beauty is caught in sound and words in these twelve refined songs. We really enjoy how those cautious plucking guitars get wings when cello and strings take them to a higher flight! This other side of Winterfylleth is realized in a wonderful manner. Congratulations!