Tarnkappe sounds at times like a black metal version of Sex Pistols. With a very hostile sound, and a realistic approach towards sonorous aggression and fast guitars, Winterwaker manages to be an interesting album, very different from everything you heard before, concerning black metal. Interesting, peculiar and very unique, this is the right album for everyone looking for something different in the underground scenario.
With coherent harmonies, and precise and beautiful guitar lines, this work is really cemented above ordinary standards. Exceedingly functional, majestic, audacious and lucid, Winterwaker is an amazing and very consistent album. One of the best I have heard on the genre, no doubt about that.
The fast rhythms presented in each and every track of the album certainly are its most powerful qualities. Arranged in a very aligned and intelligent pace, although sometimes you really fall under the impression that you are hearing a punk rock album, and not a black metal one, their audacity is so severe that really resurrects improbable sonorous clauses within the genre, although Winterwaker is much more than that. With some melancholic moments, slow harmonies and melodic sinister twists, this album manages to be a very powerful addition to the black metal scenario, as a whole. With abrupt and unexpected traces of creativity, Tarnkappe really manages to surprise its listeners, delivering an aggressive spellbound twist of contorted sonorous strength that you really feel instantly shaken by their hostile, yet captivating sound.
With a style that probably sounds marvelous in a live performance, I really see no major flaws on Winterwaker. Extremely heavy, without being boring or monotonous, nor falling into a tedious sonorous uniformity, Tarnkappe really has done a work worthwhile listening, besides showing their relevance to the genre, as well as the scene. With a great and sincere sonorous authenticity, Winterwaker manages to be a great and revealing album, exploring aspects of black metal that went untouched until now. And with a final result that is really surprising. A great work, that exhibits a whole new facet – and facts – of black metal, for you to be exhilarated!