Released: 2006, Massacre Records/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Winterdome is a German act that has chosen to sing in their native language, which is fine even though you might narrow the market for your music. In this case, I wouldn’t have any problems with it if it weren’t for the lousy material and the fact that this is a themed album. If you can’t understand German, you won’t have a clue what the album is about.
The album consists of 9 songs (which is 9 too many) and 9 parts in between the songs where a story is narrated in German. By reading the bio, I gather that the story is a tragic tale about the people of the Elasaj (?) and their opening of a gateway to a different unknown world. The events take place around the heroic main character named Ashaj.
The music that this Hanover-based band offers us is a really strange mix of goth metal and medieval folk music. Lead singer Henrik Warschau goes between singing with both an angry and an ordinary/whispering voice. He shares the vocals with Lisa Hinnersmann, who also plays violin.
WELTENDÄMMERUNG is as painful to listen to as it is to pronounce. This album is a nightmare to listen to and I really wonder how and why this band would be signed to any label at all. It’s a really strange album and I would only listen to it again if somebody put a gun to my head (I think).