Winterhorde are a band from Israel that plays a very melodic and progressive form of black metal with a touch of classical music and this is a review of their 2016 album "Maestro" which will be released in May by VicSolum Productions.
Night time sounds start off the album along with some pianos in the background and after the intro the music starts going into more of a classical musical direction as well as addign in violins and symphonic elements and they also mix in witht he heavier sound and w hen t he music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
Melodic guitar leads can also be heard quite a bit throughout the recording while the vocals start out with more of a melodic approach and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and after awhile grim black metal screams along with some death metal growls start becoming a very huge part of the recording and one track also brings in a brief use of saxophones.
The songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and you can also hear a great amount of melody in the guitar riffing and as the album progresses operatic female vocals can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and there is also a brief use of spoken word parts and elements of Asian music while some tracks also bring in classical guitars and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the fast riffs also use a great amount of tremolo picking.
Winterhorde creates a musical style that takes a very melodic and progressive form of blackened death metal and mixes it in with classical and avant garde music to create a musical style of t heir own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover winter, forests, cold and darkness themes.
In my opinion Winterhorde are a very great sounding mixture of progressive and melodic black/death metal with a touch of classical and avant garde music and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE 'Antipath" "Chronic Death" "Maestro" and "Dancing In Flames". 8/3 out of 10.