REVIEW: Darkwinter Possession, Deheubarth

Hailing from South Wales and named after an ancient Welsh kingdom, one man Black Metal project Deheubarth are set to release Darkwinter Possession via the always dependable Ulthar records, former home of Liverpool’s most exalted acts Ninkharsag & Coltsblood. The band describing themselves as the fear of ancient Cambria and the manifestation of the spirit of the Brythons is more than apt, with their approach involving no frills or modern trickery which allows the sheer gloom and misanthropy on display to shine through.

Sonically Deheubarth have a very raw sound that relies on thick atmospheres. They stick to a mid-pace that’s reminiscent of late 80’s Black Metal with the occasional blasting that also owes a large debt to the heavy, thickness of the slower atmospheric passages of the British death/doom sound of the early 90’s. Think Panzerfaust era Darkthrone. With the music often times sounding like this was recorded in a desolate cave, there’s a real distance that keeps the listener captivated over the 4 tracks accompanied by a most grim and gloomy cover of ‘Veiled Irreligion’ by German Dark Metal masters Bethlehem. Track 3 ‘Wrath of the Tyrant’ (Just like the Emperor Demo) is a real treat with its brilliant riffing, constant change of pace, regimented drumming and truly demonic vocal performance. This serves as a brilliant lead into the final track and total gloom fest that is ‘Weakling/Malingerer’; a slow, crawling demented piece similar in style to fellow South Walean band Ghast- by no means a bad thing.

Only one live show is currently in the pipeline, where Deheubarth will be appearing alongside some of British Black Metal’s best in Barshasketh, Necro Ritual & Nolti Nan Gana Nan Nolta at Gathering of the Morbid III in Bristol on the 16th and 17th of October. The demo can be streamed in full now here with the cassette and digital release set for March 20th.

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