SWEDISH GOTHIC DOOM METAL
6/10 – LUKE HAYHURST
Wintercold as regular readers will know have featured a number of times on these pages. You also may know that this project is a one man affair, the brain child of one of the hardest working men in metal Satanic Tony! This is quite some demo that he has unearthed this time around, a fifteen track epic entitled “Invoke the Ancient Forces”. For those of you expecting some nicely polished and atmospheric wonder, think again. This demo is raw, under produced as it’s a home recording and thoroughly DIY! The vocals are clean and often whispered, not always in tone but haunting and melodic none the less. Musically Wintercold have a high level of bass but in places the riff-age takes a back seat to the incessant drumming and the ambiance and atmosphere being created by the vocal work. As is always the way with Tony this is a labour of love and another in the long list of Wintercold releases. He never quite lights the touch paper but his are always a workman like effort and once again this demo shows his talent for dark vibes, fast and raw melodies and a hidden depth of heaviness and darkness that is always woven into his work. As always, Tony’s work is worth a listen or two!