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'The Threnody Of Triumph'

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Jools Green

winterfylleth threnody

Formed in 2007 by former members of Doomsters Atavist, Winterfylleth have just released their third album 'The Threnody Of Triumph', the follow up to the 2010 album 'The Mercian Sphere'.

The band have taken the concept of a 'Threnody', a lament to dead loved ones, linking it to how people historically viewed ideas of spirituality; how the soul and the body were connected and how the ancient British viewed the process of transitioning the body/soul to the afterlife and then accepted of the passing of their loved ones; by paying homage to their lives through the dedication of a Threnody as a final tribute.

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The band state that this album marks a new phase in the progression of their sound; contrasting the darkness of loss and the joy of remembrance with virulent black Metal and soaring melodies, while still retaining their trademark sound which they describe as English Heritage Black Metal, aiming to bring awareness to England's historical stories, folklore, landscapes and ancestral past, the subjects of their musical inspiration, through their folk-influenced vitriolic black Metal.

Opening on a sustained note that builds and develops into a deep, distorted, intense sound with at times, a wonderfully depressive feel, the first track, 'A Thousand Winters' pretty much sets the pace and style of the album. I loved the vocals; a harsh and demonic scream most of the time and also the powerful drums from Simon Lucas, which are very prominent throughout almost to the extent of the album being drum led. The guitars have a distorted, classic black Metal sound to them.

Midway through 'The Swart Raven', a folk-style vocal and acoustic interlude helped to break up the track and add interest and variety. Breaking up the album further were two acoustic numbers; the first, 'ᴁfterield –Fréon' a beautifully haunting, folk-influenced, violin led instrumental and the other, 'Home Is Behind' which is guitar based, folk-influenced and beautifully melancholic.

With 'The Fate Of Souls After Death' there seemed something a little more powerful about the whole track, the vocals, a mix of both screams and growls which add a sense of conflict or torment and towards the end, also before the final verse a slower, emotive, folk-influenced element is introduced breaking the track up and again adding interest. This is one of the two standout tracks.

The other is 'The Threnody of Triumph', the title, final and longest track, powerful with an almost triumphant and at times very upbeat feel to it which drops away in the final minute to a gentle reflective guitar giving a feeling of finally finding peace.

At over an hour long this is a marathon of an album and I found my mind wandering a little at times because the sound, although intense, rich and powerful was a little samey in places. However this is a very good album and an enjoyable listen and the sound does envelop you. I do think that with repeated listens it could be an album that would grow on you.

Recorded at Foel Studios,'The Threnody Of Triumph' is out now on Candlelight Records.





Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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