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The Mercian Sphere [CD]

Winterfylleth Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Candlelight
  • ASIN: B003MX3JVY
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,209 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Gateway To The Dark Peak / The Solitary One Waits For Grace (The Wayfarer Pt I) 7:050.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Awakens He, Bereft Of Kinsmen (The Wayfarer Pt II) 7:250.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Fields Of Reckoning 5:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Children Of The Stones 4:450.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Ruin 6:520.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Honour Of Good Men On The Path To Eternal Glory10:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. To Find Solace... Where Security Stands (The Wayfarer Pt III)10:110.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. When The Woods Were Young 2:240.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. A Valley Thick With Oaks 7:220.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Defending The Realm 6:310.89  Buy MP3 


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric Pagan Black Metal Brilliance. 14 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
British black metal is boasting a wealth of talent these days. The likes of Winterfylleth and Wodensthrone may be relatively new names on the global scene but they've been doing the rounds for years within the United Kingdom, steadily growing in fan base and reputation. `The Ghost of Heritage', the Manchester based bands full-length debut, was an instant hit, particularly with followers of the black metal scene from within the United Kingdom. Bands like Winterfylleth, along with acts such as Iceni, Lyrinx and Wodensthrone tirelessly work on the live circuit within the British isles promoting their work and only now are they reaping the rewards that their efforts deserve. Winterfylleth have been shown great faith by heavyweight record labels such as Profound Lore and now Candlelight Records but they've always repaid the favour with stellar full-length albums.

First in the form of their Pagan-inspired debut, `The Ghost of Heritage' and now with their sophomore follow-up, the very successful `The Mercian Sphere', another tribute to Anglo-Saxon heritage and worship of bands like Drudkh and Ulver, two global brands of atmospheric black metal in a similar vein. Winterfylleth's style hasn't altered much from the first album which saw a Pagan brand of black metal being executed well. The album opens with `Gateway to the Dark Peak/The Solitary One Waits for Grace (The Wayfarer Pt I)', a song which makes great use of Winterfylleth's ability to use harmonised backing vocals, as well as a strong lead vocalist. The use of clean backing vocals occurs occasionally during the course of the album, something which adds a lot to the intensity of the atmosphere, as well as offering a more diverse sound to the band than acts like Drudkh perhaps don't wish to explore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting, best-of-British, extreme-Metal! 12 April 2013
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This has to be one of my favourite albums of all time, for numerous reasons. Firstly, I like black metal but I don't particularly like Satanic themes. So to find what is essentially black metal, but with historical and national themes, is absolutely fantastic. I don't think this band's work can be compared to any other genre of metal; however if you appreciate Viking or heathen metal but want something uniquely British, perhaps a Saxon equivalent, then look no further.

The musicianship is excellent; the band are extremely versatile in both heavier, more frantic songs (e.g. A valley thick with oaks), and soft, gentle ones (e.g. Children of the Stones). All the music is so loaded with emotion and pride that I challenge you not to be brought to tears by it.

In fact, the entire concept of national pride, and celebrating our history and heritage is absolutely fantastic. The band manages to stir this up and whip it into a frenzy without ever coming close to racism.

The vocals in particular are, quite simply, out of this world. The main staple of black metal, the grunt/scream, is present in this album and well-executed to good effect. But where this album really excels is the careful and not-too-excessive use of otherworldly, drone-like clean vocals. I tend to refer to those more as "chanting". They make the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. They sound like a band of Saxon warriors has risen up from the Earth and are standing beside you ready to charge into battle once more. It sounds like an army of thousand-year-old voices are there ready to protect our island nation. For this reason, the revised version of "Defending the Realm" that is found on this album is my current favourite song from any artist.

There's not a single track on this album I would skip. Nowadays that's quite an achievement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Early English songs 9 Jun 2013
By Nes1983
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If you like black metal, and atmospheric music based on early England and the English ancestors, then Winterfylleth hit the spot. They continually churn out great quality albums, this one being no exception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars English Folklore in Black Metal 30 May 2013
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All of Winterfyllth's albums are very good, this one though really stand's out. Full on Black Metal, interspersed with some clean vocals and classical moments that certainly evoke the atmosphere of England and makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. The final track 'Defending the Realm' even has you singing along, not something that happens often in this genre.

If Black Metal is your thing, then this is well worth a go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Words can't begin to describe how good this is 28 Oct 2010
By Eric Stuller - Published on Amazon.com
It's one of the finest, if not the best, pieces of black metal released this year. Winterfylleth has really taken a big step forward from the Ghost Of Heritage. The best description I can make is there are moments where you'd swear this is the wretched spawn of a grim hookup between Amon Amarth and Wolves In The Throne Room that got raised in the English countryside. The Mercian Sphere is truly a work of art, a masterpiece that transcends the confines of black metal and elevate to simply, dare I say, a beautiful piece of music.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal Fans -- Get This! 14 Oct 2010
By Old T.B. - Published on Amazon.com
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Winterfylleth's latest disc, The Mercian Sphere, is brilliant, brutal, and beautiful black metal. Lush passages lead into sawblade guitars. Some passages have an incredible epic sweep to them. I liked Winterfylleth's The Ghost of Heritage quite a lot, but The Mercian Sphere is the far superior album. Most highly recommended.
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