United Kingdom's Winterfylleth have returned with a new recording which continues the folk orientated style of black metal from previous releases and this is a review of their elf released 2019 live album "The Siege of Mercia" which will be released in September.
Live audience interaction starts off the album before going into more of a heavier and melodic musical direction. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the music more of a raw feeling along with the vocals being mostly angry sounding black metal screams.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them along with the solos and leads also being done in a very melodic yet atmospheric style and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Clean pagan vocals are also added into some parts of the music along with some clean playing also being utilized in some parts of the music as well as some of the songs also adding in elements of folk music and the album closes with a synth version of "Children Of The Stones". The production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover Ancient British History, Anglo Saxon Literature, The Natural World and Landscapes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from WInterfylleth and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out this live album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Swart Raven" and "Defending the Realm". 8 out of 10.