The Hal­low­ing Of Heirdom

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Hav­ing cul­ti­vated an in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic sound through five al­bums of sear­ing yet glo­ri­ous black metal, Manch­ester’s Win­terfyl­leth have com­pletely changed tack with their lat­est of­fer­ing, The Hal­low­ing Of Heirdom. Played purely through sweetly-picked acous­tics and vi­o­lins, trad­ing in harsh vo­cals for har­mo­nious choral chants, its tra­di­tional folk odes to Bri­tish his­tory and land­scapes are as ex­pan­sive and in­tense as their more ex­treme ma­te­rial. Yet this re­lease of­fers a far more ac­ces­si­ble in­let. The haunt­ing vo­cals of Latch To A Grave evoke a pri­mal but in­ti­mate spirit, while the sim­ple strum­ming and haunt­ing melody of The Nymph is achingly beau­ti­ful no mat­ter which end of the mu­si­cal scale you sit. A fear­less ac­com­plish­ment that we en­joyed very much.

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