Young Polish band Kalt Vindur has released via the Witching Hour Productions its second full-length album “…And Nothing is Endless”, continuing to develop the chosen musical style. The band members call this genre subcarpathian black metal, which is the closest description to atmospheric black metal with slight impact of death metal.
This style of music can’t astonish everybody, although now and then there are some progressive elements, it doesn’t change the concept of the music, so it lacks originality. But the music is emotional with an advanced sense of beauty, so it sounds a bit melancholic and nostalgic. And that, by the way, is very uncommon for Polish extreme bands, that’s why this music is oriented more on Western European scene.
The album begins and ends with the sad and bleak acoustic passages, the songs “The Blind Sin Hunter” and “Eyes Ov Gods” are also adorned with the somber sound of acoustic guitar. The guitar riffs are straightforward and simple, but sometimes very catchy, “The Blind Sin Hunter” has very tearful riffs, but “…And Nothing is Endless” has more complicated chords with some oriental impact. The most aggressive moments can be heard on the fastest compositions, like “Dirty Yields” and “Golden Age”, but generally the album is performed in mid-tempo with occasional slowings. There’s overall sense of minor notes in the music of Kalt Vindur, only the song “Eyes Ov Gods” sounds positive with a reference to post-rock. Basically the singer Celsus uses the screaming technique, but on the most deathy moments (“Dirty Yields” and “…And Nothing is Endless”) impresses with a solid growling, diversifying the album.
“…And Nothing is Endless” was recorded at the Regnat Audio Studio in small Polish village Cieklin, maybe that’s why the sound is not perfect at all. All the instruments are tuned too loudly, so the overall atmosphere (as well as the vocal lines) is muted, and the integrity is lost. But the music is so melodic, that it lightens the perception, making it naturally airy. This kind of music is nature-friendly, but nevertheless it is aimed on inner sensations, but in the background it sounds neutral and faceless.
Kalt Vindur is five years on the musical scene, the band members were not observed in other projects (except for the singer), so this group of guitarist Svart (the leader of the band) is the new experience for all the musicians. They follow the black metal rules, but aren’t prone to satanic, religious or mythological topics, giving preference to more straightforward themes related to war and death. But the cover art is soaked in symbolism, revealing the versatility of the music, because the progressive spirit makes this music more complex and exciting.
Release date: August 7th, 2020
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