Release Date: April 26, 2011
Winterus was born from the cold hard-packed earth of Battle Creek, Michigan. Originally formed in late 2009 under the name The Ancient, the quintet brings together an organic mixture of blackened death metal. Fans of bands like Wolves In The Throne Room, Behemoth, Belphegor and Immortal will no doubt be quick to embrace their atmospheric darkness and perversity.
With their debut album, In Carbon Mysticism, the band pushes the edges of what black metal can be, creating vast sonic sound-scapes of raw and eerie aural emotion.
From the opening track, “Lone Wolves”, Winterus sets an ominous tone of soul-scraping, blood-letting honesty, that permeates the album’s nine tracks: six studio, three live. In fact, the album’s singular downfall is it’s brevity. At just over 30 minutes, it’s notably short by today’s standards.
Production on this exceptional debut are handled by front man and growlist Christopher Erich Neu, while Ken Sorceron of Abigail Williams fame, steps in to mix.
The songs reach out to the listener like ephemeral creeping strands of bleak despair that grasp hold with corpse cold tendrils, insinuating themselves into the cerebrum.
In Carbon Mysticism represents a debut of limitless potential, laid out over nine soul-curdling musical epitaphs. If there lies true pulchritude in harsh ugliness, then Winterus have shown an adept skill at revealing the beauty within the beast. The beauty of honesty, the torment of the beast.