Ahnenhammer - Seelenwinter
IS03: Ahnenhammer - Seelenwinter tape
First demo from this new Austrian Black Metal duo and it's a lengthy demo with 40 minutes playing time. Ahnenhammer presents a form of Black Metal that is crude and almost barbaric in its sound, though being far from the bestial or war metal subgenres. There's a variety of feelings in between the tracks, such as determination, loathing, melancholy, triumph and mystery. While in some tracks the vocals are natural, in others the effects on the vocals make the voice sound more like a distant forest spirit. While not reinventing the wheel, the overall sound and certain well placed elements, like samples, keys, spoken voice... make that Seelenwinter is recognizable in between other releases in the same style. Both English and German lyrics are present. This clearly is a first demo, with not all tracks coming from the same recording sessions, as a demo can be. It, however, serves very well to show the strong points of Ahnenhammer. Limited to 150 copies.