Elderwind – Волшебство Живой Природы DLP (Deleting Soul Records, 2012/Wolfspell Records, 2018)
Since we're about to head for our next hiking trip tomorrow - the reason why there won't be any vinyl posts for a few days - I thought, an album of which the title translates to "The Magic of Nature" might be appropriate to get into the right mood.
Elderwind's debut is somewhat a curiosity. When it was released in 2012, I think, nobody really seemed to care (including me), if it has been noticed at all. But ever since the YouTube channel Atmospheric Black Metal is gaining more and more influence as a platform for new black metal releases, I assume The Magic of Nature experienced a massive reconsideration. (Talking about that YT channel: I would even go as far to argue that it actually indicated this current fashion about - well - atmospheric black metal!)
Волшебство Живой Природы itself is quite charming, too. Unexcited, monotonous and melancholic black metal with distinctive synth work, that's pretty much what it's all about - it's not actually original. And to be fair, I consider nature a pretty erratic, unpredictable force and Elderwind's only full length so far isn't any of that really! But that the songs are pretty borne, actually quite cheesy but arranged with damn hypnotic melodies makes Волшебство Живой Природы become a pretty enjoyable and laid back listen.
The vinyl pressing comes with nice artwork and design (not as pretty as the CD version, though, in my point of view) and in a pretty chunky gatefold - spine-wise. Also, it includes all Elderwind songs from the Split with Lustre as bonus, which is sure enough a nice idea, and - surprise! - a Summoning cover. This green wax edition is limited to 150 copies. Now, off to the forests... 🌲
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