Ancient Winter are a solo project from Italy that plays a very raw and misanthropic form of black metal and this is a review of his 2018 album "Through The black Obedience" which was released by VL Records.
A very dark ambient drone orientated intro starts off the album before going into more of a heavier musical direction. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can also be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling along with the vocals being mostly grim black metal screams.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the music also has a great amount of 90's and early 2000's influences. A small amount of melody can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing and as the album progresses a brief use of raw yet melodic guitar leads can also be heard on a couple of tracks.
Ancient Winter plays a style of black metal that is very raw and misanthropic sounding in the classic tradition. The production sounds very dark, raw and old school while the lyrics cover misanthropy and old stories of the town Mantova in Italy along with a couple of songs being written in Italian.
In my opinion Ancient Winter are a very great sounding raw and misanthropic black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ancient Winter" "Path" and "Spirito Errante". 8 out of 10.