WinterheartH - Rape Of Eden - Reviewed By Metal Digest ! Check it out here at this link: https://metal-digest.com/2023/10/11/winterhearth-rape-of-eden-ep/
It’s been a few years since Winterhearth released their third studio album ‘Riverbed Empire’. Now that COVID-19 is hopefully beyond us, Winterhearth have stepped into the studio and recorded a brand-new EP ‘Rape of Eden’.
In true Winterhearth style, ‘Rape of Eden’ contains an overarching concept and narrative which is designed to keep the listener fully engaged and any believer of ecocentrism will find themselves interested. Musically, Winterhearth stick to their guns as they deliver extreme metal through the medium of blackened melodic thrash metal coupled with gargling vocals and low-end thumping. Through tracks such as ‘Scarlet Love (& A Black Heart)’ and ‘Monkshood’, ‘Rape of Eden’ shows all the appeal of Cradle of Filth, Dissection and Aura Noir with their vicious demonic sounds.
However, the production of ‘Rape of Eden’ isn’t the best and it rather does sully the EP. The mix is rather weak, often failing to capture the dynamics of their peers and realistically, this takes away from the songwriting massively. It would be interesting to see what this EP would sound like with a full ground up remix, but as it stands, ‘Rape of Eden’ doesn’t capture the imagination like those other Winterhearth releases.
"held back by a constraining production" Metal Digest
Release Date – March 21st, 2023
FFO: Dissection, Cradle of Filth, Skeletonwitch
Location – St. John’s, NL(Canada)
Short Bio: After regional and international success with their third LP Riverbed Empire, WinterheartH returned to the studio to record their follow up EP Rape of Eden. With the help of professional mentoring from Anabelle Iratni (Veile, Ex-Cradle of Filth) the band now has a much more direct approach to their music. Abandoning some of the longer progressive elements in favor of blasts and rage that will wake the dead. Each song on Rape of Eden reflects on a different plant and how it will destroy the human body and soul. This is relevant to the theme of Ecocentrism, a point of view that focuses on the ecosphere rather than the biosphere. The EP also features WinterheartH’s second released cover which is an instrumental take on the Japanese Folk song Sakura, Sakura. This was chosen due to the fact the Sakura(Cherry Blossom) is an unofficial national plant of Japan that also symbolizes rebirth. While writing and recording Rape of Eden WinterheartH has recruited drummer Nathan Manuel and quickly returned to playing show circuits. This included performing at the 2022 East Coast Music Association’s Loud Showcase in Fredericton, New Brunswick and opening for Quebec Black Metal band Necronomicon. The band is set to perform again at the 2023 ECMA Loud Showcase in Halifax, Nova Scotia and will be opening for New Brunswick’s Diner Drugs shortly after. Rape of Eden shows that although WinterheartH may be legends and veterans in their markets, they show no signs of slowing down in the unforeseeable future.
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