The songs, considered individually, are all very beautiful and poignant, especially the first four ones. But the album as a whole shows a certain repetitiveness because all the songs are always based on the same structural patterns and on the same gimmicks. The above mentioned ingredients are used without variation. Therefore, in the long run, the album can be tedious and after the first four songs the listener might lose interest and feel that one does not need to listen to the rest of the album because it is exactly identical to the first half. Another point that can be bothersome is the sound of the drums. Ok, I know that Wintercult does not have a human drummer, but uses a drum machine for the rhythm section, but the drum sound is far too artificial and synthetic, which is not a small drawback in the music of Wintercult. On the other side it must also be said that this is of course a congenital drawback of all the bands that do not have a drummer.
The lyrics are in Russian, a language that I do not know, so I am not able to write about them; but judging from the titles, which are in English except one in French and one in Latin, I can imagine that the themes are not so cheerful: winter, depression, sadness, loneliness.
In conclusion, although it is somewhat repetitive, The Last Winter is not a bad album and is worth a listen; it will surely appeal to those who love depressive.
The Last Winter was released on October 4, 2013 on Urgrund Division.
1. The Last Winter
2. Taedium Vitae
3. Eternal Solitude
4. La tristesse durera toujours
6. The Somber End II
Waldgeist - Vocals, Guitars, Music, Lyrics
Aequiternus - Bass, Programming