An enchanting masterpiece of atmospheric black metal comes from this new Russian band. Elderwind were formed in 2009 by Vyacheslav (music, all instruments) from Yekaterinburg, on the border of Europe and Asia. Soon two more members, Alexandr (vocals) and Andrey (drums), joined him and as a trio the band worked on its debut full-length “Волшебство Живой Природы – The Magic of Nature“. The album was released at the end of 2012 by Deleting Soul Records, a Nihil Art Records sub-label.
Eledrwind play melodic atmospheric black metal and they are really good at it. The album title ”Волшебство Живой Природы“, which translates to “The Magic of Nature” couldn’t describe better their music. Beautiful distorted guitars with elements from post black metal are combined with brilliant melodic keys of various types and screaming black metal vocals in a fragile, yet enchanting balance. The album moves in mid-tempo rhythms creating a very cold melancholic atmosphere, trying to capture the beauty of wintry nature. Their music is hypnotizing and I loved every single moment of it. The work in the synths is really amazing, maybe the best I have listened in this genre! They are used both as a symphonic ambient layer that adds a frozen feeling in their sound, or as the leading instrument in the melodic lines, with some eerie magical sound colors that leave me speechless! The extreme vocals fit perfectly with their melodic music, singing their poetic nature related lyrics, all in Russian. “Волшебство Живой Природы” includes totally 8 excellent songs and it lasts for over 52 minutes.
If you are into melodic atmospheric black metal you can’t miss this album! Elderwind have a very good sound and production, the perfect for this kind of music. I am really hoping they release more albums in the future, since their debut album is really impressive. “Волшебство Живой Природы” is released by Deleting Soul Records in a jewel case edition limited to 1000 copies. It comes with an 8-page boolket with all the lyrics and beautiful winter landscape drawings by Andre Kosslick. There is no official page for the band, so you better follow the link to their label below, where you can check their music and buy this piece of art!
Elderwind @ Label’s page