Lebenswinter are a band from Germany that plays a very raw form of black metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Carved In Wood And Stone" which was released by Northern Fog Promotions.
Flutes and synths start off the album giving the music a medieval and epic atmosphere along with a touch of ambient and after the intro the music starts going for more of a raw and melodic black metal sound that also introduces high pitched grim screams and blast beats into the music and the music goes for a mid 90's Western European style of sound.
Throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and when solos and leads are utilized they remain true to a melodic style of black metal and on some of the tracks the vocals get deep and also add in a small amount of growls and a few of the tracks are also very long and epic in length and all of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and as the album progresses a brief use of clean playing is added onto the recording and the last track also bring s in a few seconds of melodic chants.
Lebenswinter plays a style of black metal that is very raw and melodic and heavily rooted in the mid 90's era of the genre, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Satanism, Vampirism, Nature, Death and Decay themes.
In my opinion Lebenswinter are a very great sounding raw and melodic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Carved in Wood And Stone" "Bile For Satan" and "Vampiric Crusader". 8 out of 10.