Vorfeed.net B.M. Reviews - Vinterriket - und die Nacht...

Artist: Vinterriket
Album Title: ...und die Nacht kam schweren Schrittes
Label: Parasite Records/Regimental Records

This is not metal, but rather dark ambient, somewhat similar to Perunwit.

You'll find no guitar here, only keyboards and found sounds. These songs are generally quite slow in pacing, with sweeping progressions that call to mind underwater geological processes. This is not to say that this is a boring album - while I do find many releases in this style boring and repetitive, Vinterriket avoids this curse entirely.

In fact, this album is far darker in atmosphere than many black metal releases. What it lacks in aggression, it makes up for in sheer intensity of emotion. Each song evokes a different mood, yet they also blend neatly into one long soundscape, making this one of those rare albums that you can truly listen to as a whole. On top of that, there isn't a contrived moment to be found on this album. Every note seems to flow naturally from the last, yet the songs don't seem overly predictable.

This album almost always puts me in a contemplative mood, and the atmosphere it creates is so strong that it can easily overcome minor distractions. As such, the album is conducive to thoughtful work or introspection, yet it's also worthy of one's full attention.

Those who enjoy the Pagan ambient style should seek this out... and those metal fans not averse to different musical styles should, also.