Review from Metal Temple

May 7, 2021
From: Metal Temple
Published: May 6, 2021

NORDICWINTER is a depressive/atmospheric black metal band from Canada. They formed in 2006; their latest album "Sorrow" is their fourth full length album. Actually, I shouldn't use "their" because it is a one man project from Evillair. I'm going to start with the most important part: I enjoy the hell out of this album. It ticks off all the boxes for what I look for among the best of atmo and depressive music. I also love doom and this album definitely has that slow, down trodden feel of the most sorrowful of doom.

When it comes to anything that is both atmo and blackened, I am more concerned with overall feel and scope than actual riffs and conventional song structure. "Sorrow" nails this down as well; it is an emotional album of huge depth. The guitars on "Sorrow" are definitely not flashy or built upon showmanship. It is there to be a part of the bigger picture and provide a huge blanket of heaviness. It certainly excels at those desirable elements.

The vocals find that sweet spot between having lots of force and being one with the instruments. In this style, many bands have the vocals too up front or far away in the production mix—-this album nails it right on the dime with vocal placement. The drums are programmed and that is okay because it isn't a drum focused album—-which is good because with atmospheric music I dont need a barrage of drums. With that being said, the performance is well done and serves purpose.

The opening track, "Somber Winds of Despair (Part I)”  starts with keys and clean guitar before a scream pierces the cold wall of sound and the distortion kicks in. This is a musical landscape that is oppressive yet grandiose. The subtleties of the music just swarm together, giving an odd sort of warmth to this otherwise bleak musical journey. The guitars differentiate just enough to help push the song along, the notes grasping the other elements in icy tendrils. The middle part is beautiful depressed with its lush keys, both clean and symphonic.

"In This Darkness" hits harder, an almost violent reaction in the song's opening moments. The drums roll about among the blackened screams and the bass is an earthquake. Just as the chaos reaches its peak around the four minute mark, an organic and flowing melodic passage hits before it comes together once again as blackened fury. The last minute and a half has the guitars hitting hard as they fade out into more clean keys. Stunning.

The second part of "Somber Winds of Despair" is the culmination of the albums overall progression and one of the more melodic tracks.  The vocals make the song seem like its expanding outward, growing and thriving as more and more layers are added.  From the four minute mark all the way to the end, the song becomes the musical equivalent of an artist painting the richest landscape imaginable. Light, clean keys sprinkle over the sounds of thunder that the guitars grab a hold of the sky and pull it down, all the things inside that formed gray skies just dropping upon the land below in a pretty but moody display of natural power.

NORDICWINTER's "Sorrow" is how something so sad and alone can also represent beauty and the silver lining inside sorrow. Don't sleep on this example of depressive atmo black metal done right.

Rating: 9/10
Reviewed by: Justin "Witty City" Wittenmeier

Review from Veil of Sound

May 7, 2021
From: Veil of Sound
Published: May 4, 2021

This is an impressively crafted atmospheric black metal album by the Canadian Nordicwinter. It is the third installation of a trilogy that started with Requiemin April last year, was followed by Desolation in June the same year and this, Sorrowin March this year. Honestly, it might not be fair only to focus on the last album in the trilogy as they all are connected.

Through preparing this review, I am fortunate to have become better acquain...

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Review from Infernal Masquerade

April 1, 2021
From: Infernal Masquerade Webzine
Published: March 31, 2021

Canada continues to impress us with their constantly growing Black Metal scene, today we have one-man outfit Nordicwinter with “Sorrow”. Being the band’s fourth full-length release, this release unravels nearly one hour of highly melancholic Atmospheric BM, filled with mournful and doomy passages. If you like heavily emotional music that combines both lush atmospheric arrangements and savage onslaughts of harshness, ...

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Review from Brothers in Raw

March 30, 2021
From: Brothers in Raw
Published: March 29, 2021

Het Canadese éénmansproject Nordicwinter is met Sorrow toe aan een vierde volwaardige release. Desondanks trap ik met veel misplaatst drama een open deur in als ik stel dat het project weinig bekendheid geniet. Ik spendeer behoorlijk wat grijze avonden op een jaar grasduinend doorheen al het goede en minder goede dat op Bandcamp te vinden is, maar op Nordicwinter was ik nog niet gebotst. Het duurde tot Hypnotic Dirge Records in 2020...

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Review from Edmund Sackbauer

March 30, 2021
From: Metal-Archives Review
Published: March 29, 2021

Nordicwinter is another great project from the Québec area. However, if you came into this expecting the trademark sound from this region you might end up being surprised. While a lot of the more well known bands from over there rely on fast tremolo runs and catchy lead melodies Nordicwinter is a different beast. Mournful harmonies and epic soundscapes are paired with deep emotions and a certain level of melancholy. To a certai...

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Review from Angry Metal Guy

March 30, 2021
From: Angry Metal Guy
Published: March 29, 2021

The erudite doctor known about these parts as Doom_et_Al recently wrote: “We can ramble on all day about clever technical flourishes, dissonant chords, and foreboding atmospheres, but when all is said and done, we metalheads respect the almighty riff.” Frankly, it’s pretty hard to argue with him but it does present a problem for those of us – including Dr Doom and myself – who are atmoblack fans, since this subgenre is not n...

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Review from Hellfire Magazin

March 30, 2021
From: Hellfire Magazin
Published: March 24, 2021

2006 startet „Evillair“ sein Soloprojekt „Nordicwinter“. Das zu rezensierende aktuelle Werk hat drei Full Length Vorgänger. „Threnody“ (2007), „Requiem“ und „Desolation“ (2020). Zwei Longplayer in nur einem Jahr, Chapeau, und noch dazu in einem durch Corona verseuchten Jahr.

Und gleich schon zum Frühlingsanfang ein Masterpiece, was ich absolut nach dem ersten Hör-Durchlauf für mich behaupten kann. Sieben Tracks...

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Review from Wonderbox Metal

March 25, 2021
From: Wonderbox Metal
Published: March 25, 2021

This is the fourth album from Canadian one-man black metal act Nordicwinter.

After enjoying 2020’s Desolation, I was pleased to see another work from this artist so quickly. Sorrow contains 53 minutes of atmospheric/depressive black metal.

No secret – I’m a big fan of this sort of style, especially when it’s done as well as it is here. The well-written music on Sorrow just oozes depth and quality, and the artist behind this band...

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 Released: March 26, 2021
Genre: Depressive Black Metal