THE WIND - Winterdreams' Deep Witchcraft

The Wind - Winterdreams' Deep Witchcraft

10 songs
47:05 minutes
***** *****
(Demo-Tape)

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The Wind must be blowing differently in the North of Luxembourg, or how can you otherwise explain why a young metal band decided to release a demo-tape in times where CDs are not only more accessible, but even cheaper to get. And because they decided to rely on such an archaic medium, you should be warned from the beginning that you will be in for a treat with The Wind's first offering Winterdreams' Deep Witchcraft. By doing nearly everything wrong that can go wrong, they still manage to stay aboard with this juvenile charm you find with the very, very young bands. First of all it would be exaggerated to speak of production values. It sounds like either the mix has gone completely bad, or they just stood around in their rehearsal room recording live on their tape recorder. Then there is hardly a trace of song writing, but myriads of ideas clashed into every song. Instead of concentrating on a good and working riff, they add layer upon layer of sometimes good, sometimes only goofy ideas, and eventually the listener doesn't know what's going on in the chaotic end result. The vocals cover every possible territory, from black metal shrieks to death grunts, clean vocals and even cartoony stuff. So to speak, as a regular metal album, The Wind have probably made the worst one of all times.

But then, fortunately, we have the possibility to look at this from a different angle: avant-garde. And although I doubt that this is what they had in mind, Winterdreams' Deep Witchcraft, if recorded under better circumstances, could be a classic of avant black metal. With an uncompromising take-no-prisoners attitude, The Wind stumble blindly through their chaotic song material in a way that would make Mike Patton and countless Japanese avant-garde artists proud of them. Keyboarder Motluzgefedet (either a pseudonym or an authentic Ísling name) sometimes takes over the songs by his weird sound escapades, and the guitars are totally crazy too. The bass guitar even sometimes hints at progressive lines, although again I wonder if this is wanted. The same goes for the unintentional jazzy drums.

So what the hell? This is one crap metal album, but look at it from an idiot-savant point of view, then you have a couple of young guys living somewhere between Wiltz and Bastogne who stumbled without knowing over the most avant piece of Lux noise ever created. And furthermore it's only for those who still can turn up with a tape player (mine had to be dusted first). Let's just hope this review doesn't destroy their innocence.

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