What is awkward and uncommon about Winterwomb – but functions overall at its favor – is the fact that there is not a single element on this album that can be regarded as new, but they are all presented in a very singular and refreshing musical platform. Winterwomb is strictly raw black metal, with all the other elements being subtlety inserted into the music, which makes the mixture a very embellishing symphony of incredible beauty. Overall melancholic, poetic and sad – with very little aggressive elements – these songs will make you travel inside tunnels of admonishing ventures, into cities and dimensions unknown, in a very lost configuration of time and space, all of it rearranged as a new form of artistry, expressed in a black metal panel of anguish, suffering, beauty, elegance and lucidity, hardly combined on this manner before, in the history of the genre.
The atmosphere of the album is quite unique. Elaborated under a funeral dystrophy of sonorous syncretism, that rely on an iconic appeal the dissonance of its own deliverance, through the palace of sorrowful deliberations that captivates the undeniable beauty of such a marvelous art, Winterwomb really drives you into another place, into another time, into another side of existence. Philosophically renewed, and ostensibly reflexive, the album is filled with an antagonistic beauty, that bleeds all the way throughout a cosmos of depression and sadness, that standardizes the ambivalence of a scenario of disdain and reluctance. With the uncommon and singular junction of a peculiar set of elements, Winterwormb appears to be the perfect collision of Fall to November Sky, and No Need to Open Your Eyes, both avant-garde musical projects lead by an unknown Russian musician, that melts Post Rock with Shoegaze and Atmospheric Black Metal, which are quite a unique feature, with groundbreaking similarities to these project. Nonetheless, W – whenever he came to be – is a marvelous and talented artist, that has its own musical signature. Although Winterwomb has its fair share of monotonous moments, it is close to be considered a masterpiece.
A very unique and compelling album, that certainly ignited a genre of its own, Winterwomb is one of its kind. Amazingly, it does not distort nor disfigure the genre, but aggregates a whole new set of amazingly rewritten components, that demarcates different boundaries. Astoundingly innovative, while sounding old school black metal at the same time, this album is unique in the history of the genre. A pearl to be disseminated among BM enthusiasts, endlessly.