Metal Review – Seidr – For Winter Fire (2011)

Seidr - For Winter Fire (2011)Labeling Seidr – For Winter Fire from 2011 would just be very tough, so let’s forego the label on this album for now. Labeling For Winter Fire as black metal would not do it justice, but it does have black metal elements. It also has doom metal elements as well. For now, I think that I will call it awesome metal. I am loving what Seidr has put together with their latest release For Winter Fire.

From the opening acoustic riffs of A Vision From Hlidskjalf, you realize that you are in for a treat with For Winter Fire. Just on the opening track alone, you have such a mellow, black metal feel to it and then the pounding doom just comes in at times and completely floors you. This is about an epic of a release as we may get this year. Another epic song is On the Shoulders of the Gods. There is everything from experimental metal to black metal to more doom metal again. This track comes in at just under 12 minutes and is worth every second of it.

I have heard some really good releases for 2011, but I am pretty sure that Seidr’s For Winter Fire will find a home in my top ten list for 2011.

With only a handful of self-released demos and EP’s to their credit since their 2009 inception, the unit known as SEIDR are brand new to widespread metal legions as of now, but their organic postrock-influenced black/death/doom output is sure to fascinate forward-thinking fans of the contemporary bastardization of extreme metal. With the bulk of the band’s lyrical content mainly centered on spirituality, nature and the cosmos, musical comparisons to the SEIDR sound can be traced to acts ranging from Asunder to Katatonia to Fauna and well beyond, with dramatic progressions raging from the beautiful elements of Alcest to the hallowing funeral crush of Disembowelment within the same hymn at time!

Formed in the open-minded music haven of Louisville, Kentucky, one of SEIDR’s most notable aspects may be that one of the two main songwriters is Austin Lunn, the solo artist behind anarcho-black metal solo act Panopticon, with recent releases also a part of the Flenser family. Together Lunn (guitar, vocals, recorded drumming) and his songwriting counterpart Wesley Crow (guitar, vocals, recorded bass) wrote all of For Winter Fire, and recently revamped the band’s full-time lineup to include live vocalist Jack Hannert and bassist Adam Nicholson. SEIDR completed several mini-tours of the East Coast and Midwest US in 2010, and already in 2011 completed a mini-tour with Falls of Rauros and Lake of Blood.