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Review: Wintaar - Tear You Down
Tear You Down

Label: Satanath Records
Year released: 2021
Duration: 59:36
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: May 30, 2022
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Tear You Down

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

Wintaar is yet another super prolific one-man Black Metal band, this one led by a guy named Evgeny Pilnikov. When I say prolific, I mean this project alone has released 33 freaking full-lengths in the span of four years, and that’s not even counting the splits and all the other bands that Evgeny is involved in (Dodmorke, Howl, Rooforest, etc.) Even if all of his work sucked, producing that much music in that amount of time borders on inhuman, so on that basis alone I can’t help but respect him.

Thankfully, Tear You Down (I’m not gonna bother counting to figure out what the release number for this is) turns out to be a cool little blast of hyperactive Black Metal that has some atmosphere to it, but is mostly raw and straightforward without any gimmick in sight. The musicianship is strong throughout, but it’s Evgeny’s spine-chilling vocals that steal the show as he howls like a man undergoing inhuman torture. The songs themselves manage to avoid becoming repetitive despite most of them being over seven minutes long and remain compelling throughout, but it’s the bonus version of "I Will Wait for You in My Hell" (the "WV version," whatever that means) that really stands out, being much slower and more artistic than the regular version and becoming a first-rate song because of it. At only 300 copies, this isn’t the easiest to get in CD form, but I’d strongly suggest getting it for the bonus track alone. Otherwise, you’ve got plenty of other Wintaar albums to choose from if you don’t pick this one, and if they’re all at least this good, that’s not a bad catalog of choices to have.

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