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The Ghost of Heritage [CD]

Winterfylleth Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (13 Oct 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Profound Lore
  • ASIN: B001FN4EQ2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,182 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Winterfylleth Ghost Of Heritage The [Digipak]

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid debut 27 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
This the first album from English black metallers is a highly commendable effort. It is mostly mid-paced black metal with a couple of acoustic interludes. The overall feel of the album is one of national pride without being overly aggressive, at times evoking an epic atmosphere. The obvious comparison is with Ukranian masters Drudkh, but with liberal doses of Forefather and early Primordial. While not as good as any of these bands, the combination certainly works well. Overall a very encouraging debut. Their influences may be a bit obvious but none-the-less a good addition to the English black metal canon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Like the Mercian Sphere, this has to be one of my favourite albums of all time. I do like black metal but don't like Satanic themes, so this album of history and national pride is right up my street. This cannot be compared to any offshoot of black metal. It's a uniquely-British (often uniquely-English) form and it's very atmospheric.

In this debut album, the musicianship is excellent, and the band are able to demonstrate an amazing versatility that eventually flourishes in subsequent albums. As with later offerings such as the Mercian Sphere, the music is so loaded with emotion and pride that I challenge you not to be brought to tears by it. The band manages to recount the history and glory of our nation without ever once appearing anything like racist.

The vocals in particular are, as I described elsewhere, out of this world. The opening track, "Mam Tor" was the first track by Winterfylleth that I ever heard, and to this day remains my joint-favourite track of theirs, (in fact, joint-favourite track of any artist). It kicks-off with an introduction of raw energy, before slowing slightly, almost as if in reverence, before a screaming declaration of awe and wonder, "MAM TOR!". As the song progresses, in my mind I mentally walk up the well-known routes to the Iron-age hillfort and feel every whip of wind and rain. Then the clean vocals (chanting) kick in... I've already mentioned elsewhere that this will literally make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. All of a sudden you're surrounded by the voices and ghosts of long ago, "Mam Tor in the high peak, Celtic voices still haunt this windswept land, of long-endured winters...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent First Full Length 20 Dec 2010
By MRoscoe
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I believe I heard about Winterfylleth from a comment somebody made on youtube. After a few searches I came across the original version of the song "Ghost Of Heritage" and from there I was hooked.
The music is not what I'd call technically challenging, but with many black metal artists, it's not about the musical talent - it's about the atmosphere. Winterfylleth definately succeed in generating atmosphere in all of their songs, aided further by the reasonably well written lyrics which are largely a tribute to the people who created the England we know today.

My favourite tracks on this include the opener Mam Tor, Forging the Iron of England and Defending The Realm.

If you like black metal then you'll probably like this album - I would liken some of the tracks to early Burzum at times, the vocal style is different and the recording quality is (slightly) better, but the style is similar.

On the whole, The Ghost Of Heritage is a good start for this manchester based band, although I would have liked it to be longer, it comes in at just under 49 minutes which in my eyes is about 10 or 15 minutes too short.

If like me you enjoyed this album then I'd definately suggest getting their second offering, The Mercian Sphere. I've yet to listen to my copy of it as it's not been delivered - I can only assume that the lorry it was on got stuck in the snow on the motorway!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ',',' Soldiers Of Albion ',',' 1 July 2009
By SoundOfWhiteNoise - Published on
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Winterfylleth play prideful black metal from the UK that, at times, toys with folk metal. I am not a fan of folk metal at all. I like aggressive metal, death or black. But Winterfylleth (Wintermoon) incorporate acoustical intros into just about every song to give it that folky feel. I can take or leave that part of it, because I know a storm is a'brewin'. This cd has great build-up. The cd is like that of a rollercoaster ride: building up with intros; peaking in the middle with fast and furious drums, riffing, and ripping vocals; yet coming back down to rest again. This is definitely not your typical black metal cd. There are some clean parts. There is some chanting. There's some acoustics. There's no dark imagery. No band members wrapped in chains with blood dripping from an upside down cross. But this is fierce enough to get most narrow-minded black metal fans' attention.

In short:
Performance: Short-haired dudes playing kick arse black metal with no corpse paint.
Production: Not raw, so pretty much what you'd expect - good.
Song-writing/lyrical content: History, English pride, ancestral (Anglo-Saxon) heritage, national culture - but not NSBM.
Annoying: Intros. Not a fan. Usually a waste of space. Fits in well here though.
Booklet/atrwork: Love the front cover but hate the cardboard sleeve that tears easily.. there's a booklet inside the sleeve with song lyrics and dedication.
Length: Most songs clock in at about 5 minutes and there are several intros and outros.


- Jay in Texas
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reason for Repeat Songs 7 Aug 2012
By James Rexford - Published on
Format:Audio CD
The reason for the repeat songs is that you bought the re-issue of The Ghost of Heritage. Those 2 songs were recorded at the time of the original release, but were left off the album. Now they have been added to the re-issue.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Repeat songs? 18 July 2012
By Patrick E. - Published on
I bought "The Mercian Sphere" and like it a lot. I'm puzzled that this album seems to have two of the same songs: "Defending the Realm" and "The Honour Of Good Men On The Path To Eternal Glory". Is this an Amazon mistake or did the band mean to duplicate these songs on both albums?
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