Vinterriket are a German band I hadn't
heard before owing to the fact they've not been around long and mostly
because of the limited copies of each release from them (from 50 to
a maximum of 1000), which are actually a great deal; as a matter of
fact they're about 25 at this very period, and the first demos date
back to 2000 only; christdammit! this is true creativeness and marked
sense of unwaste of material...
Their style is not easy to be described, it might be described as
a mix of early Mortiis and Vond, but if you look at the cover and back
cover you'll have a clear idea of the fact that the seasons, and especially
winter, and then nature, especially forests, have a strong influence
on Vinterriket's inspiration. So many legends talk about spirits
or hidden powers in some parts of some forests. And if these were true
and they possessed a somebody's mind and soul, how would they consequently
write and play songs?
"Boten der Rückkehr" is cold-blooded and inquieting;
will really make your spine freeze, "Visionen Nächtliecher
Fluten" and "Die Ruinen des Jenseits" could
be the right backgrounds for a funeral or a film/documentary in
morgues about anatomy pathologists, that is for example for cult director
Robert Adrian Pejo's great "Der Weg Nach Eden" 's hopeful
sequel, or Dick Maas's "De Lift"'s sequel, thanks to
the use of the keyboards here and the background noises, which a rather
joyful, rhythmed and middle-ages-like motif joins with.
"Im Sog der Feuer des Schicksals" has again sadness
veinings, this time mixed with heavenly, romantic or majestic keyboard
carpets, rich in shades, entwined with slow lugubrious throbbing; at
the end of the almost 12 minutes of the track we have obscurity reigning
supreme one more time.
Not one single solitary second of "Kosmische Schattenspiele"
is not glacial and hypnotic, while I guess very few dark/ambient fans
will be able to resist the damned charm of the dirge entitled "Raben
über dem Grab der Vollendung"; over 10 minutes,
with involving church organ sounds good for (might it be different?)
a funeral, followed by a 'synthetic' twisting, then delicate is the
Every feeling is touched in this album, still I have to admit it's
the anguish taking the lion's share.. Only keyboards and sometimes a
drum machine added to the other sounds and structures ("...zurück
blieb nur die ewige Schwärze"), never a pale trace
of a voice.
A record for pure gloomy, romantic and sensitive souls, for all the
others (most of the people on this dying planet) an unbearable torment
that won't let them arrive at the end of the longest compositions.
When dealing with Vinterriket everything loses importance and the shapes
merge into another. When does death begin? Already before we are grown
in a uterus or only after death as we know? Does a soul exist? And if
so, where does it go in case of death or of a NDE? What's an astral
journey like? Are there other evolved forms of life in the universe?
Does mankind know the whole power of nature or shall we have to wait
for bigger and more frightening disasters led by the spirits of the
forests, pissed off with us? Vinterriket seem to have an answer for
all of these fascinating questions...
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 5/11/02