Crymych – Endless Fucking Winter

 

1.) Purity Capsized. 14:00

2.) Uffern. 4:58

3.) Columns Of The Sightless. 9:09

4.) Pebble Fingers. 2:53

 

Pembrokeshire Wales, a beautiful costal part of the world, steeped in history dating all the way back between 125’000 and 70’000 years. Neolithic sites, castles and much more adorn such parts. This giving the landscape a very mysterious and intriguing value. However, beneath all of this is something much more interesting. Something dark, something brooding and possibly much more sinister than this idyllic landscape can offer.

Of course I refer to Crymych. A band so mysterious that they step out of the shadows merely once in a blue moon, offer up a recording and regress back into the dark without a trace. This makes for the most mysterious band I have ever heard of, almost a fable or a dark tale you’d tell your children around a campfire. So as we dive in to this release its time to see what lies beneath the surface of this illusive band.

It’s clear to see that Crymych don’t make your typical black metal. These aren’t just tracks they are more like dark sermons. A great selection of ambient and soundscape fill your ears upon the very first track.

The sound of howling winds and torrential rain are backed by the eerie guitar playing. The picking style of the guitar while repetitive adds to the foreboding ambience of this desperately dark track. The drumming is very lose in style with some beautifully intrinsic fills. No need for blast beats and the usual tremolo picking usually found in most black metal as the ambience alone does all the work needed. The vocal style will take you right the way back to the very first Burzum E.P. / Album.

The wild howls and rasping vocals send chills down your spine, all this combined with that unmistakable low production truly transports you back to the early 90’s. This journey through sheer bleakness is enough to make your skin crawl or have you feeling like your tumbling through sheer emptiness never to see the light of day again.

There are little passages of light within the first track, backed by a beautiful eternal glow of ambience and acoustic guitar though this is not to last, it does provide a stunning reproval from the darkness. No sooner said than done does the track revert to its eerily disturbing back drop. At a whopping 13:59 nearly 14 mins total this is the longest track on the album. One that’s designed to take you on new direction and leads you through the mire and the filth that Crymych creates. Track 2) “Uffern” a noun for the word Hell is exactly the description I would use for this track. The drumming takes the centre role within this track. Backed by the demonic screams of the frontman. The guitar in this track is subtle and subdued leaving the synth to take a much more leading role. The guitar however is played in a much more classical way, from what I can pick out and how it sounds to me is very reminiscent of a band called Sky and their song called “Toccata” a beautifully orchestrated piece however slowed down and made just that little bit more grim by production value and the mystery of this band alone.

Track 3) “Colums Of The Sightless is a great mixture of both the first and second track and since seeing the image of  Pentre Ifan the neolithic burial chamber, and how the Stones have been constructed like Columns. The track truly has the ability to transport you to that particular place, Its almost like the band have paid homage within the track to said monument, not to mention recorded the album within said chamber. This is the second longest track on the album clocking in at a great 9:08 this track really has the ability to send you soaring over the Pembrokeshire landscape taking in all there is to see.

Lastly we are brought to track 4) “Pebble Fingers” is the shortest and possibly the most ferocious of all the tracks upon this release and its not like the band have even saved the best for last. Crymych close the album in a hail storm of sound, the drumming tempo has been upped to the level of blast beats. The guitars have been dialled up in ferocity too, the vocals provide that ever so icy tone to match the guitars beautifully. This is definitely the shortest of the tracks coming in at a mere 2:53 however it closes this bombastic four track album in a Hell fire layer of sound.

All in all this album with its air of mystery surrounding the band and the practice of the dark arts within the black circle makes for this band to be a huge contender within the black metal genre and one that has way more integrity and substance behind them than that of most bands of today. This I feel is conveyed not just in cover art, lyrical content or style in which they play, but to what this album does to your soul. I’ve had one other band that’s put me on edge with a release and the mystery that surrounds them and that was Blut Aus Nord and their Album “Mort”. This album along with this release has done just that, its put me right back to the feeling of a real and impending darkness growing over not just ones self but the world. This is the soundtrack to your Endless Fucking Winter.

 

Dark Hails #Foras  #LordOfTheShadows.

Endless Fucking Winter will be released via Death Prayer Records on November 4th

 

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