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February 2007
Released: 2006, Massacre Records/Sound Pollution
Rating: 0.5/5
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).
Track Listing

Haushoch Türmten Sich Die Wellen
Binnen Weniger Monde
Land Der Nacht
Nehmt Diese Opfer
Die Elasaj
Noch In Derselben Nacht
Ein Letztes Mal
Viele Monde
Vielen Liessen Ihr Leben
Leid Und Qual
Noch Ein Mond
Wenni Das Ende Nacht
Er Tötete Noch Viele
Der Hoffnung Tod
Und Irgendwann
Ein Stillen Schrei


Henrik Warschau – lead vocals
Sebastian Schmidt – guitar
Magnus Will – guitar
Martin Mubmann – bass
Lisa Hinnersmann – vocals, violin
Philip Wende – drums
Bernd Seestaedt – narrator

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