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Review: Winterhorde - Underwatermoon

Label: Twilight-Vertrieb Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 67:37
Tracks: 12
Genre: Melodic Black Metal


Review online: October 29, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.18/5 (63.64%) (11 Votes)

Underwatermoon is a long and varied album, so I gave it more than its share of spins, but I ended up disliking it more with time. Not that there isn't a hell of a lot of work and some really cool stuff on here, but the album feels really disjointed – in short, Winterhorde try to do too much here. Melodic Black Metal forms the backbone, but you'll find a lot of other genres creeping in to varying degree – Doom, Death, Gothic, keyboard fests, acoustic passages, sound effects, whatever. Growls, screams, clean vocals, female vocals of varying quality, from "Ok" to way too melancholic and really annoying – no other way to put it. Sometimes you practically get the whole mix in a single song. Most of the individual parts sound good, but put the whole thing together and it's pretty incoherent. There's undeniable talent here, but they need to try doing everything within a single album and focus a little bit. Cool cover art though.

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