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Review: Winterblut – Seid furchtbar und zerstöret Euch!

by Miloš Šebalj
Winterblut

Winterblut – Seid furchtbar und zerstöret Euch!

  1. Stimmen!
  2. Sie holen Dich
  3. Kein Mensch braucht Dich
  4. Nachleben
  5. Nicht mehr hier
  6. Wie die Axt im Walde
  7. Der blasseste Schimmer
  8. Fuer einen
  9. Luft nach unten
  10. Das Ende vom Lied
Label: Nihilistische KlangKunst
Date: Jun 6, 2018

Well, here’s an unexpected one. Maybe not unexpected, since this one-man band has based most of its career on the unexpected. This is more of a new experiment of an already established experimental project. That sounds complicated even for me. Still, I decided to dive in.

Winterblut owes its roots to the traditional German Black Metal scene that has gotten its international recognition, especially in the Underground circles, for the “cutting” atmosphere and dissonant style of composing and playing. Dissonance is the name of the game here too. Yet, I wouldn’t call this album Black Metal, although it certainly serves as a core to the music presented here. It is my opinion that this record is somewhere between Black Metal and Drone, though not exclusively.

First of all, “Seid furchtbar und zerstöret Euch!” is almost completely an instrumental album. There are some vocals to be found, but mostly in the form of whispers, or just breathing. This recording is primarily guitar driven, played in deep tones to create a terribly claustrophobic atmosphere. I am having a hard time actually finding words to describe it. If you try and translate the title of the record (no, I will not make it easy on you; Winterblut didn’t, why should I?) it will explain the feelings that emanate all through these 52 minutes. L’hiver, the leader of the band, created a soundscape that is not easy to digest. The fact that I am well acquainted with the previous works of the band helps a lot, since there is still a trace of the recognizable patterns that are used. Again, the word “pattern” doesn’t quite work here, since this is a band that has long accepted the absence of patterns in its creation. Drums have a tendency to come and go freely, so you have a lot of moments where it’s just guitar out there. This lack of rhythm can also induce psychedelic feeling.

Hopelessness, hatred, despair and destructive trance are packed all together in a chaotic mixture. There is no wandering to unexplored territories musically speaking. This is pure expression of inner ugliness. It should be accepted as just that.

This surely isn’t my favorite Winterblut release. On the other hand, I’ve heard much worse music in my time, so “Seid furchtbar und zerstöret Euch!” will find its fan base. Might be quite small, but this isn’t the music for mass consumption anyway. As for me, I will wait for the next one. Hopefuly, It wouldn’t be another 6 years before that happens.

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