PAYSAGE D’HIVER – Kristall & Isa

PAYSAGE D’HIVER – Kristall & Isa

Origin: Switzerland
Genre: Ambient Black Metal
Label: Kunsthall Produktionen
Year: 2008

This is the fifth album of Paysage d’Hiver the solo project of Wintherr, who is also a member of DarkSpace. He is from Switzerland, and he actually released all of his albums (8 so far, plus a demo and 2 split releases) on tape. Later he decided to re-release all of them one by one on A5 digipak versions by his own label Kunsthall Produktionen. So this is his last release, even though the tape version is from 2001!

What we have here is another excellent album of pure raw black metal, without any compromises. His concept has always to do with winter themes, something you are already prepared for after the amazing frozen landscape in the cover artwork! His black metal makes you feel you are in the middle of a storm, totally frostbitten. By the beginning of the first song “Isa” you feel your ears bleeding just like when the ice and snow penetrates your skin in a cold winter day! Luckily there are also some ambient passages in the songs and two fully ambient tracks, where you find a shelter for a while…

Of course the production and the sound are of demo tape quality, something intentional that fits his music perfectly. There are also some keys in the background, but you can barely listen to them, since everything is too dull! Highly distorted guitars, weird synths, shrieking black metal screams and repetitive melodies are transformed under this strange production into a unique “noise” like a howling wind, so distant and evil, full of bizarre melancholic warmth! It is so difficult to accept and decode it if you are not into it, but it’s definitely ART!

This is a “must” for those who like raw black metal without polished production. It is once again released in a beautiful A5 digipak, like the 4 previous re-releases [Die Festung (1999/2007), Schattengang (1999/2006), Paysage d’Hiver (2000/2007) and Kerker (2000/200Smilie: 8)]. You can listen to some samples in their myspace page and visit their official page.


Rating:  (9/10)

Paysage d’Hiver @ Myspace

Originally published on HeavyMetalCosmos


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