Zanim Wstanie Dzien/Barbarzynski Mlot Wojny
Wineta, many of you may recall, is a remarkeable Polish black metal band
that had a song featured on the Night and the Fog compilation some years
back. Interestingly enough, this was the song I hated most on the
compilation, when first brought to my attention, and now I believe it is the
best song on there! In short, I think that they are simply a band that WILL
NOT be appreciated, nor understood by very many individuals, perhaps even
within the inner NS circle itself. I attribute this to the horrendous
production quality, and yet also, to the material itself, which, albeit
played in a "lacking" manner, is some of the more "disturbing" atmospheric
noise/ black metal that you will find in the scene. With many of the NSBM
bands striving towards a more traditional RAC/ OI sound, it is somewhat
refreshing to hear a band, such as Wineta, that is still based on darkness,
and an atmosphere that suits this foundation properly.
Musically speaking, Wineta derives atmosphere from a solid base of
distorted and filtered guitars, distant, yet powerful and disturbing
synthesizers, adequtely played, and plodding percussives, and a layer of the
most henious and blaspehmic vocals this author has scene to date. Not only
does this particular, albeit, simplistic structure of sound prove
noteworthy, it has built the groundwork for an amazingly powerul and dark,
atmospheric black metal album. Not so much the simple ambience one would
expect from, say, Kristallnacht, but more along the lines of that perhaps
established by Abruptum (demo era) or even "De Mysteriis" era Mayhem. In
fact, I believe comparisons can even be drawn prominantly between the two.
Take for example the second song from Wineta's demo, entitled 'Krzyk wiczych
dusz', and compare that with the last song on 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas,'
namely, 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas.' Both of them feature the
charecteristic slow and provocative riffing, which build up through a cyclic
repetition of disturbing melody and organic ambience. One will most
assuredly agree on the similarities throughout. As for the rest of the
album, I think it safe to say that it carries on in much the same fashion;
faster than mid paced black metal, drapped in a solid texture of
synthesizers and the aforementioned vocals (these REALLY are something to be
heard). All in all, some of the best three songs I have heard in a long
time. A definite gem in the scene.
Gromowladny, on the other end of things, is, in actuality, not so
different from Wineta. Although the demo is inarguably much more
"experimental" (in it's own way), the basic black metal structures are very
similar in their essence, and really build on much of the same founding
principles (idealogical and musical). I would tenatively say that the
latter is slightly more nationalistic, utilizing more pagan elements, most
noticeably, the chosen insert art, and also, the choice of songs displyed
throughout. In particular, the incorporation of male vocals, in the 'sung'
fashion, as opposed to the 'screamed' fashion. One cannot help but feel a
deep connection with 'Viking' or 'aryan' culture being expressed here,
through the simple chords of modern black metal.
However, I don't mean to imply that Gromowladny is by any means, 'easier'
listening than is Wineta. On the contrary, the music can in fact be quite
violent and disturbing in it's own right, as is exemplified in the hammering
black metal songs scattered between the 'experimental' tracks, and also, the
darker elements found within those very experimental tracks I have alluded
to. An example of this being the disturbing female screams placed over the
incessant beating of some torturous weapon (don't ask me what). The
vocalist seems to know the meaning of what real black metal vocals are about
as well, and executes them in the suitable disgusting style.
All in all, one of the brighter stars in the NSBM 'sky.' Although quite
old in comparison with the relative adolesence of the Polish NS scene, this
nonetheless is a phenomenal split of material. As with many albums of this
nature, the material seems to grow on an individual with every passing
listen, making it even more 'enjoyable' as time goes on.
© 2002 orodruin