L'Hiver en Deuil are a band from Belgium that plays melancholic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Ter Aarde" which was released by Consouling Agency.
The album starts off with some dark sounding distortion that comes out of the guitar playing and once the music goes into the prelude drums are added in and then the music shape shifts into clean guitars and bass before heading into a slower black metal sound and adding in spoken word parts which also start mixing in black metal screams and death metal growls.
As the album moves on acoustic guitars are mixed in with the heavier parts, , and as the album moves on post rock elements are added in and they enhance the atmospheric black metal elements this recording possesses and poetic elements are added to the spoken word parts and the music also starts getting more melodic after awhile as well as mixing in whispers.
One of the main strengths on this album are the depressive black metal elements that are mixed in with the deeper vocals and the screams also start adding more of a melancholic feeling and while they say there are post hardcore elements on this recording, I cant hear them and to me that is a great thing and another great highlight are the fast riffs and blast beats that are utilized later on during the recording which gives the music more life.
Song lyrics are written in a mixture of English, Dutch and French and cover dark and melancholic themes, as for the production it has a very heavy and dark sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording as well as some of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion L'Hiver en Deuil are a very great sounding melancholic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Gesel" and "Gekluisterd". RECOMMENDED BUY.