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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ALBUM OF THE MONTH-MAR '17

Artist - Jesters of Destiny
Title - The Sorrows That Refuse to Drown
Label - Ektro

Thirty years after Jesters of Destiny arrived, dropped Fun at the Funeral and disappeared back into the night, theyre finally back with a second full length release courtesy of Ektro Records, and whilst it could never live up to first album, the eccentricity of the band shines through once more and its a crazy ride from start to finish. Pick it up on April 4th!



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GIG OF THE MONTH - MAR '17

Artist - Hammerfest IX
Date - 23rd- 26th March
Venue - Pwllheli, Wales

One of our main highlights of the year, this month were off to Wales for Hammerfest, HRHs Heavy Metal flagship. With the return of two Power Metal titans alongside a host of others, this year looks to be one of their best ever. Well be covering the whole festival and conducting interviews as well so lookout for the cameras!