Genre: Avant-garde Metal Symphonic Black Metal
Label: Razed Soul Productions
Medieval Winter Nights is one of these bands that I randomly fell upon, while surfing on the net. There was something unusual in their artwork, album title and origin that intrigued me and soon I got their CD in my hands. The band comes from the beautiful city of Valparaíso, a major seaport and the cultural capital of Chile. Medieval Winter Nights were formed in 2008 by Nocturn and Magnum Tenebrosum, who shared the same passion for black metal and medieval themes, thus the band name. As a duo they released their debut album “Macabre Dances Under the Full Moon“. Soon a new member was added, Dunkella, who would help the band with female vocals in a few songs. Finally in the end of summer 2014, the second full-length album entitled “Eternal Thoughts of a Mad Shadowed Soul” was released via the American label Razed Soul Productions.
I have only listened to a few songs from the band’s debut album and I can surely say that it had a more old-school black metal approach with some melodic symphonic elements and a demo quality sound. With the new work, the band claims to have added even more melodic elements in its sound, expanding also its lyrical thematology. Actually they have also interpreted some of their old ideas with their new style, while the song “Blood Stained Church” was also in the debut. Well, from the first moments of the album, it’s obvious they have done huge steps forward, improving everything in their music! It’s like I am listening to another band! In this new work Medieval Winter Nights play a wonderful mixture of avant-garde and symphonic black metal with a very melodic, yet quite extreme sound. Their production manages to capture the raw brutal nature of their music and combine it in perfect balance with their symphonic orchestrations. Guitars and synths compete and at the same time complete each other in melodiousness, revealing amazing composing skills and inspiration. There are 9 songs in this 50-minutes album, each one with something different to tell. So, except for the common symphonic avant-garde atmosphere dominant throughout the whole album, there are also songs with a more epic touch, others with more melodic mood, some of them sound more technical, others darker and more raw… Overall it is a very interesting and diverse album and one of the main reasons for this is the amazing vocals. Extreme black metal screams, combined with lunatic unworldly cries and few female vocals, create a unique paranoiac haunting atmosphere that dragged me into their music from the first moment! All of the songs are at a very good level, but there are some compositions that stand out, like “Back from the Cold Slumber” or the instrumental “A Silent Death in the Snow“. Their highlight though is the final track “Empty Skulls“, a brilliant avant-garde symphonic black metal masterpiece that closes the album in the best possible way! The band’s lyrics are in English and apart from the medieval and vampire themes, they also speak about mythology, cosmic intergalactic journeys and bizarre psychic conditions; a lyrical diversity that matches their musical variety!
“Eternal Thoughts of a Mad Shadowed Soul” is an album that completely impressed and surprised me. Medieval Winter Nights is a hidden gem of symphonic avant-garde extreme black metal from Chile, totally recommended to the fans of this genre. I really hope they will present us even more and better things in the future, since my expectations from them are now very high. “Eternal Thoughts of a Mad Shadowed Soul” is released by Razed Soul Productions in a jewel-case edition CD, with 12-page booklet including all the lyrics. The great cover artwork is by RappingSunkblack. You can visit the band’s official pages below for more info and listen to some of their songs.