"The Mercian Sphere" (Candlelight; 2010)

Reviewed by Mike SOS


Putting a unique twist on black metal turbulence, England’s Winterfylleth makes an intriguing 10-track album that takes unexpected leaps and bounds.

From folk metal chants and tender acoustics (“The Honour of Good Men on the Path to Eternal Glory”) to majestic warmongering metal (“When the Woods Were Young”) sounding like Isis gone Viking, this outfit demonstrates a firm grip on creating well-textured dramatic music (“The Wayfarer Pt. 3”).

Add in a knack for placing galactic explorations over rich layers of strings (“A Valley Thick with Oaks”) while doling out interludes of luxurious instrumentations and undergoing bold transformations from the battlefield to outer space and this album’s cinematic scope and overall grandiose vitriolic vision make it a release worth seeking out.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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