Stepping out from the long, hard, Russian winter are Nordgeist, the sole project of the person known only as ‘T’ to deliver their debut atmospheric black metal album ‘Frostwinter’.
Mystery can lead to intrigue and therefore, it is no surprise that it is easily to get sucked in by ‘Frostwinter’. This is an album which bleeds black metal as raucous vocals rasp against thundering drums and wicked tremolo picking before being beautifully juxtaposed by soothing ambient passages showing a maturity and experience beyond their years. This is a band which have grown up feeding upon the likes of Burzum, Walknut and Vietah before gobbling up a dessert of Paysage d’Hiver that can be seen in tumultuous tracks such as ‘The Old Wolf’ and ‘Revenge’. Naturally, with a diet of these records, there literally isn’t anything that hasn’t been heard before and ‘Frostwinter’ does stay, as expected for a debut album, very much within its comfort zone. But, when it comes down to it, who really cares? As long as it is delivered with the passion and integrity needed to survive within this genre then obviously ‘Frostwinter’ does tick all the boxes.
‘Frostwinter’ is a real treasure trove of black metal, it delivers a wealth of old-school sounds that is bound to really impress. It is the sound of a band which is not only up and coming, but also a future force to be reckoned with in the black metal scene.
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