In a recording career that now spans more than a decade, the Russian band In Tenebriz has released nine albums and an even greater number of EPs and splits. Beginning with the Autumn Constellation album in 2015, In Tenebriz has pursued themes that use that the natural phenomena of the seasons as a way of reflecting the inner experiences of the lyrical protagonists, while drawing upon the elements of atmospheric black metal, doom, ambient music, and post-metal to give musical shape to these external changes and internal moods.
The newest album in this sequence is Winternight Poetry, and on this album the principal creator of In Tenebriz, Wolfir, has done everything, including the vocals. Conceptually the album is an interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s seven-part tale The Snow Queen, but with a dark twist: in the tale of Winternight Poetry, the protagonist Kai fails to spell the word on the frozen lake that will free him from the Snow Queen’s enchantment, and must therefore remain a prisoner in the kingdom of permafrost forever.
Like the story, the new album of In Tenebriz is divided into seven parts, totaling more than 38 minutes of music. The third of those parts is what we present today.
The music of “Winternight Poetry III” itself has a narrative quality, a changing movement that seems to accord with a changing experience. And it presents contrasts in sound that draw the listener in, and bring about alterations of mood that can be sensed without regard to any knowledge about the lyrical tale that’s being told.
The stage is set by a high, pinging keyboard melody over a lower ambient hum, and that motif reappears later in a familiar way, but not before In Tenebriz turns the music in a much darker and heavier direction with a slow, gloom-cloaked riff, a determined percussive pounding, and vampyric snarls mixed with wretched howls. When that light keyboard refrain returns, it comes with a soft syncopated beat and the layered strings of acoustic guitar crafting a brighter melody, as if capturing a remembrance of happier times. And when the power of the music swells again, it has a soaring, heart-lifting quality, though still edged with wistfulness.
But of course the mood falls again, and when a darting riff takes up residence, this part of the opus ends on a feeling of desperation.
Some of the coldest atmospheric black metal has in recent years been the result of exports from Russia and nearby territories.
Thus, our offering today is the latest release from Russia’s In Tenebriz; Winternight Poetry. The album was released by Symbol of Domination Productions from Belarus in tandem with More Hate Productions.
Winternight Poetry is a death/doom metal-treated album of predominantly atmospheric black metal. In fact, one of the finest moments I’ve heard in an atmospheric black metal album in a while is located at 3:12 in “Winterlight Poetry III.” But there’s quite a bit going on here on and beneath the surface. In Tenebriz also tastefully incorporates an old ambient sounding keyboard for a somber, grim background.
Portions of tracks like “Winternight Poetry II” bring us back to bands like old-school Tiamat with the slower-tempo and borderline death growl. Most of the tracks are fairly slow to mid-tempo but hold the listener in captivity. Some of the melodic tremolo picking rears its head in a modern, post-black metal kind of vibe.
Winternight Poetry is a really solid death metal inspired blackened release. In Tenebriz is a prolific artist whom I’m looking forward to hearing more from and this is a label putting out a lot of great material so be sure to check them out at the links below.
In Tenebriz are a solo project from Russia that plays a mixture of ambient, atmospheric black and doom metal and this is a review of his 2018 album "Winternight Poetry" which will be released on May 25th as a joint effort between Symbol Of Domination and More Hate Productions.
Ambient style synths start off the album and also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music while the slow riffs are very heavily rooted in doom metal along with the solos and leads being done in a very modern, melodic and atmospheric style and the riffs also bring in a great amount of melody.
Vocals are mostly grim yet depressive black metal screams while growls are also used at times along with a couple of the tracks being long and epic in length as well as a brief use of acoustic guitars. as the album progresses a brief instrumental can be heard and all of the songs stick to a slow direction and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
In Tenebriz plays a musical style that takes ambient, doom and atmospheric black metal and mixes them together to create a sound of his own, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover dark and poetic themes.
In my opinion In Tenebriz are a very great sounding mixture of ambient, atmospheric black and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project.
Earlier today, Decibel published a list of six underground black metal bands worthy of your time. If that list wasn’t enough for you, proceed to this full stream of the new album from Russia’s In Tenebriz, Winternight Poetry. A hypnotizing fusion of ambient, black metal and doom, the album is well-produced without being too polished and it never loses sight of the atmospheric qualities that underscore everything.
It’s hard to believe that In Tenebriz is the work of one individual, but everything was played by sole musician Wolfir. Devotees of atmospheric black and doom metal, take note: Winternight Poetry is out today through Symbol of Domination.
Non è una novità imbattersi in one man band eufemisticamente definibili prolifiche, specialmente quando ad essere esplorato è lo sterminato territorio russo.
Gli In Tenebriz appartengono a questo novero e se, come sempre, in simili casi ci si chiede se tali caratteristiche non vadano a detrimento della qualità delle uscite, è anche vero che il più delle volte questi workaholic del metal sorprendono per l’ottimo livello medio espresso.
Con questo Winternight Poetry, Wolfir (al decimo full length in poco più di un decennio di attività, oltre ad un nugolo di ep e split album) offre un’interpretazione del death doom melodica e convincente, seppure a tratti un po’ minimale a livello di soluzioni tastieristiche.
Il tutto non penalizza più di tanto la resa finale, dato che il musicista moscovita è abile nell’alternare ampie aperture atmosferiche a passaggi di natura ambient e a riff robusti e decisi.
Winternight Poetry si esaurisce in poco meno di quaranta minuti lasciando buone sensazioni e qualche rimpianto relativo al fatto che, se il buon Wolfir si avvalesse di qualche aiuto ai vari strumenti, il risultato sarebbe potuto essere ancora più soddisfacente, come testimoniano ampiamente tracce come III e IV, le più emblematiche di doti compositive nient’affatto trascurabili.
Winternight Poetry is an album released on May 25, by the Belarusian record label Symbol of Domination Productions. The work of Russian atmospheric black metal project In Tenebriz, which was independently released in February 20, the record has seven tracks, all named Winternight Poetry, from one to seven; or you can interpret the work as having only one longer track, divided into seven parts, if you wish. A very sinister and diffuse black metal work, the macabre and grotesque symphonies of this record are generally consistent, and very sober, despite its basically calmer and serene – sometimes quite charming and beautiful – atmosphere.
A work that qualifies its own somber and precise style by the grace of its pungent and corrosive assertive melodies, the harmonies of Winternight Poetry are quite clear, ardently delineated, fragrantly comforting and beautifully simple. Marvelously executed to some degree, unfortunately, Winternight Poetry does have some moments of monotony, although nothing that can compromise the musical integrity of the work, nor your capability of actually appreciating the album. At the height of its qualities, I can certainly point it out the gracious and almost benevolent aspects of its salutary melodies, that crucially define with rude and objective maturity the lancinating cohesion of its nefarious style.
While Winternight Poetry cannot be regarded as a masterpiece, the work definitely has its merits. In the vivid and somber elaboration of a dense, afflictive and anxious atmosphere, that concomitantly sounds elevating and calm as well, In Tenebriz creates a lurid, diffuse and intriguing work, that revolves around the ambitions of its own grandiloquence the fundamental principles of its musical proposal, rejuvenating discreetly some aspects of the genre, like serenity as the alabaster of the sound, and its anomalous latencies, impregnated with permanently sinister despondencies.
While the album will hardly impress experienced listeners, it definitely maintains an individual degree of competence, that makes it worthwhile listening. Interesting for the most part, its excessive and easy slowness, though, at some point, becomes majorly tiresome. Nevertheless, you can listen without fear or remorse. Winternight Poetry is a lucid, intense and vibrating work, that manages to be an anthem of despair and morbidity, lost in the everlasting dust of the nocturnal sky.