Roel de Haan : ‘Winterkult’ is the debut full-length by the German act Frostland. No surprise then that we get black metal on our plate here. Desopite the clichéd moniker and title, ‘Winterkult’ actually surprised me in a positive manner. Like a furious blend between Helrunar, Drautran and Fäulnis, Frostland instantly goes for the jugular. When Frostland is at their most melodic they remind me of early Naglfar as well. The energetic riffing is cold and aggressive yet also with melody and a heathen touch. The tempo is pretty high throughout the album and variety is often delivered through the vocals that range from suicidal screams to growling and an almost punk-like shouting. Convincing mainly through their high-octane delivery and so much because of their interesting take on the genre, but Frostland is surely on their way to get more recognition.