Since 2013, Finnish four-piece Wolfheart have released three albums: Winterborn, Shadow World and their newest release, Thyjyys. This band are for people from the likes of Kataklysm, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Septicflesh and maybe Aborted. Their newest album is proclaimed as ‘winter metal’ and was released on March 3rd of 2017. Here’s the verdict on Thyhjyys.
Shores of the lake simplee: To describe this song visually, just imagine a norse funeral. With a boat being set on fire, casting away at sea with the mountains in the background amongst the mist and you’d hear impassioned music in the background..this would be the tune. Dramatic, right?
In contrast, Boneyard goes straight into the double pedals. Fast-paced, typical headbanging music you’d hear from a death metal band. Great but mediocre at the same time, which brings us onto the third song – World On Fire. The atmosphere is strong with this one. From the vocals to the drums, and bass, everything in the song is powerfully put together and really hits the feels, just like a stereotypical winter metal band would do. With the idea of Wolfheart creating beautiful scenic imagery, the flood creates a visual aid of being on top of a mountain and we get a sense of being overwhelmed by it all through this tune. Despite the long intro with the acoustics, this is definitely a fantastic and captivating song. Alternatively, the rift is similar to Aborted’s music just with a hint of viking. With the whole stereotypical death metal vocals, jaw-dropping use of drum pedals and the sudden ease into interesting guitar riffs plotted in parts of this piece, the rift is generic but decent in it’s approach towards melodic winter death metal.
Now here is where the ratings on the albums go down. The sixth track on this album – Call of Winter: There are some fairly powerful sounds erupting out of this song, however, the vocals are monotonous but I guess that’s what to be expected from a winter metal band. Although saying that, the acoustic guitar and piano really builds up the aura and makes call of winter a better piece. Not exactly the best of songs though. Speaking of being slightly let down the next number on the release dead white isn’t even remotely interesting. Take a clip of five seconds from the song and that’s the whole piece really, except the sneaky changes of riffs here on occasion. There’s not much excitement in terms of everything that has been recorded, just an overlap with a few changes of sound here and there. Contrastingly, despite tyhjyys’ intro being fairly short for a melodic death metal band and drums being consistent in most parts, the slow-paced piece contains barely any vocals but it makes the atmosphere more ‘alive’.
As an overview, this album is mediocre but great if you’re looking for a generic melodic death metal release to listen to. Despite the stereotypical instrumental and vocals, the band have created a wonderful start to their album, with gripping tracks varying in speed sure to attract not just metal fans. However, the second half of the album was disappointing to say the least. Not only were the songs generic but they were sloppy in both rhythm and technique. Although saying this, there were a few classical music pieces that ‘saved’ some of the songs on the album and still managed to sustain the whole ‘winter metal’ vibe. I’m sure that anyone that doesn’t usually listen to melodic death metal can appreciate the band’s music as they do obviously try their best to fit into a specific genre and without a doubt they don’t fail in doing so. However if you’re one of these metal elitists, you may or may not struggle to like this album. Thyjyys is one of those pieces that you can jam along to whilst doing something, it’s more background music than something you’d listen to 24/7. It’s a bit of a marmite situation really.
Formed in 2013, Wolfheart have been touring Eastern Europe and tearing up an appearance in the death scene. The self-proclaimed 'Winter metalists' are curently touring and you can check them out on YouTube and Spotify.