“ Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Goth / Artist: How Like a Winter / Import / Audio CD released at Self „
The only album released thus far by Italian doom metal band How Like a Winter is an impressive and evocative debut, but one that can't escape the shadow of its obvious influences from the likes of My Dying Bride in particular, accentuated by the strong violin presence that succeeds in making the songs more emotional. Rooted in the death-doom style, this is nevertheless lighter than the British doom leaders, with many gothic elements that keep it more accessible, albeit not to the extent of mainstream metal bands.
The violin and guitar more or less take it in turns to lead the way with slow, memorable melodies, and while the death metal growls may sound out of place to newcomers, they're balanced out effectively with spoken word and female soprano singing, most evident in the softer songs such as 'XCVII.' The longer songs are carried off with appropriate flair, the ten-minute 'Bescreen'd' following a satisfying, natural evolution and never sounding overly drawn-out, and while some songs tend more towards the flowery side of romantic gothic metal, there are still enough heavy riffs such as those in the groove-laden 'The Night, Then Him' to keep this appealing to metal fans.
1. A Flower That Sears in Silence
2. All the Seasons of Madness
3. Laying Together Again
5. Who is Hiding
8. The Night, Then Him
9. So Death Would Be Just a Bad Dream
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Flower That Sears in Silence
2 All the Seasons of Madness
3 Laying Together Again
5 Who Is Hiding
8 Night, Then Him
9 So Death Would Be Just a Bad Dream