|Review: Augrimmer - From the Lone Winters Cold|
|From the Lone Winters Cold|
Label: Northern Silence Productions
Year released: 2009
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: October 15, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
for:From the Lone Winters Cold
Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)
After releasing two MCDs, notably one earlier this year (Autumnal Heavens), Augrimmer finally bring us their debut album, From the Lone Winters Cold. This act is now a trio formed of founder Nord (guitars), Satan (vocals and bass) and Draugh (drums). Augrimmer came to life a decade ago as a one-man project. The German trio is labeled as "Northern Black Metal", which I believe is right on.
Black and white cover art, fast and grim music, discrete rasps and subtle hues make Augrimmer interesting to listen to and discover. Nothing fancy as such or even new to be heard on this disc, just good old coldness. The sound production is a bit raw, fitting their musical direction quite well. Their music is not constantly stuck on those blast beats, Augrimmer can easily moderate to those well appreciated mid-tempos, allowing nice atmosphere and crushingness to sink in. What makes this CD more pleasant are all those extra musical harmonies that were included. Sometimes, they take the form of folksy or epic passages; otherwise they can be clean arpeggios or even some darkly ambient keyboard passages. All of those delicacies bring out their own melodious touch on such great number such as "From the Lone Winters Cold", "A Ride to Celestial Night" and "At Winterdawn". "Bearer of Sorrow" uses a classical guitar in the intro, as well as a couple of times later on during the song. Closer "A Thrail of the Night" ends the album perfectly by making the heavy crunchiness and melodic aspects alternate in harmony.
From Lone Winters Cold is one more safe Black Metal release from Germany.
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