September 27, 2008

Paysage d'Hiver - Paysage d'hiver

Band/artist - Paysage d'Hiver
Genre(s) - Black metal, dark ambient
Origin - Switzerland
Album - Paysage d'Hiver
Year of release - 2000

What can be said about Paysage d'Hiver? It is one of the harshest, coldest black metal projects on earth, springing from the mind of one rather singular, reclusive fellow named Wintherr. In an interview he describes the process of creating his music as a highly spiritual, meditative thing and I find that this can be heard in the music itself. Paysage d'Hiver has a very unique sound in combining ultimate rawness and monotony with a hazy, otherworldly sense of atmospherics, using intangible (anti)melodies whirling slowly and quietly through a wall of guitar-made static noise and submerged blastbeats. Wintherr also plays violin, and at times uses it to give the music an extra layer. This self-titled three-track demo (still fifty-something minutes long), like all his releases, is very much inspired by dark ambient, so it is no wonder that at times the din subsides to make way for a bit of quiet introspection. And for the best, as it is a mesmerizing, but demanding experience altogether.
  1. Welt aus Eis (World of ice)
  2. Gefrorener Atem (Frozen breath)
  3. Der Weg (The way)
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