WINTERFYLLETH have released their sixth studio album – The Hallowing of Heirdom. Released via Candlelight/ Spinefarm, the 12-track album pushes the boundaries of their sound into new territories.
Having incorporated elements of traditional English folk music into their previous work, it is on The Hallowing of Heirdom that the band takes a deep dive into this genre, and the result is an entirely acoustic album which is sure to challenge pre-conceptions of the band, whilst retaining their signature spirit.
Drawing lyrical and conceptual influence from ancient folklore, pastoral poetry, riddles, rhymes and odes, as well as early British customs and practices, WINTERFYLLETH present a unique and reverent homage to Ancient Britain. The music draws on the atmosphere, feeling and emotions of their previous albums, but expresses it through acoustic instruments, and in the folk tradition so important to the original formation of the band. WINTERFYLLETH have drawn on their collective skills across a wide variety of musical styles to incorporate interesting, new instrumentation and textures into this most rich of musical tapestries.
With a stable new line up in place since 2014’s The Divination of Antiquity album, and with a ten year anniversary tour under their belts, the UK’s finest proponents of atmosphere and emotion have created what will surely become a future classic in this genre.
The Hallowing of Heirdom track listing
01. The Shepherd
05. Elder Mother
07. A Gleeman’s Volt
08. Latch to a Grave
09. The Nymph
11. Resting Tarn
12. The Hallowing of Heirdom
The album has already collected critical acclaim with Metal Hammer calling it “a very welcome and beautifully executed change of pace” in their 8/10 review, and Sputnik Music saying the music on the album is “a sound Winterfylleth were born to make.” Metal Wani rated the album 9.5/10 whilst Ave Noctum describe it as “quiet, introspective music, [with] a heavy mist of melancholy drifting over its fields.”
Chris Naughton – Lead Vocals, Guitars
Simon Lucas – Drums, Percussion
Nick Wallwork – Guitars
Dan Capp – Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Mark Deeks – Vocals, Synth, Strings
The band were joined by the following guest musicians for the recording of The Hallowing of Heirdom:
Victoria Bernath (viola & violin)
Jo Quail (cello)
Matthew Dabbs (glockenspiel)
Jake Rogers (flute)
Angela Deeks (spoken word on The Nymph)
Sarah Wallwork (backing vocals on The Shepherd)
The Hallowing of Heirdom was recorded and mixed by Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studio, and mastered by Markus Stock at Klangschmiede Studio E. The cover artwork is an oil painting titled Sycamore Gap At Dusk by David Taylor.
WINTERFYLLETH will play the following shows, with more live dates in support of the album to follow.
May 04 – Desertfest – London, UK
May 18 – The Loft – Nottingham, UK
May 26 – Redemption Fest – Dublin, UK