I've followed the music of English black metal band Winterfylleth for about four years now, ever since discovering their blistering album The Divination of Antiquity. I'm not a huge metal fan myself, but I have always responded to extreme or underground subcultures relating to issues like landscape, identity, history, myth, folklore etc, so Winterfylleth's clear interest in 'heathen' pre-Christian British culture, landscape and folk elements attracted me. The fact they went on to dedicate a song to the writer Benjamin Myers ('Green Cathedral') sealed the deal.
This new record is a bit of a surprise, in the fact that it is entirely acoustic, but considering the band's interests it's not that surprising. It's gorgeous and atmospheric dark folk made by people who usually scream and belt out brutal landscape metal songs, and I thoroughly recommend it.