In Review: Winterfylleth – The Reckoning Dawn

Winterfylleth

The Reckoning Dawn

Label: Candlelight/Spinefarm

Release Date: May 8th 2020

pioneers of British Black Metal Winterfylleth return with a relevant record for current times – The Reckoning Dawn


As you would expect opener “Misdeeds of Faith” is absolutely blistering, “A Hostile Fate” (The Wayfarer Pt.4) is easily my highlight track of the album as the atmospheric dimensions really stand out for me.

The album the mellows slightly with longest track, folk laden-ed “Absolved In Fire”. Title track “The Reckoning Dawn” & “A Greatness Undone” reign down the most traditional Black Metal sounding tracks so far.

Short acoustic interlude “Betwixt Two Crowns” has a similar feel but with an almost Medievil element to earlier track “Absolved in Fire” just with none of the ferocity attached. If I had to pick one more highlight track it would have to be “Yielding The March Law”.

Guitarist/vocalist Chris Naughton commented:

Having spent the last 2 years in a very different creative space, touring our acoustic album, and bringing those shows to evocative, atmospheric and unique venues all over the UK and Europe, we are now pleased to announce our return to the realms of Black Metal with our new album, The Reckoning Dawn. The culmination of almost two years of writing and collective hard work, what we are presenting here is a visceral & emotive new Winterfylleth album that we are all truly proud to put forth into the world.

“We’ve taken the time over the last few years to craft and grow our sound into different musical areas, really wanting to contrast that on this album; taking what we had learned from those other experiences and distilling that into what we have created here. To me, it feels like a mighty, passionate and essential album of songs that push the boundaries of what a Winterfylleth metal album can be, but that also harkens back to our more traditional Black Metal sound in a more immediate way.”

Finally, we are treated to 9 minutes of cold fury in the form of “In Darkness Begotten”

The Reckoning Dawn was recorded and produced by Chris Fielding at Foel Studios in Wales.

Winterfylleth have managed to produce one of the most refined, yet darkest records I have heard this year.

5 out of 5 skulls

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