Band – Fellwarden
Album – Wreathed in Mourncloud
Country of Origin – UK
Genre – Atmospheric Black Metal
Release Date – June 26, 2020
Label – Eisenwald
Author – Lakrym
Fellwarden hail from England and have set out to recreate the landscapes of North-Western England, in the epic soundscapes of black metal, on sophomore album Wreathed in Mourncloud. They utilize varying vocal styles, both distorted and clean ringing guitars, cinematic keys and the battery of drums to achieve this lofty goal.
Opening track “Pathmaker” serves as an appropriate introduction to what can be expected from this album. It begins with the chime of guitars and synths, as momentum slowly builds into a grander sound with drums and choral vocals chanting. Synths hover as the drumming and guitars combine in a trance-like atmosphere. It is nearly four minutes in before any semblance of harshness truly begins to show, as the vocals turn to shrieks and the pace quickens slightly. This pattern of strident shrieks, tremolo guitar and pounding drums combined with airy synths and soft vocals is maintained throughout the album carrying the listener along. The whole journey is fairly low tempo and takes it’s time to move from piece to piece. It truly gives the the sense of traversing high barren fells as you listen to the soaring synths, especially notable in the ambiance of “A Premonition”.
So take your time, relax, close your eyes and travel among the moors of the English Lake District upon the winds of Fellwarden.
Biography: Lakrym is a fan of many types of music from the weird to the predictable.