Let's begin this review with a little history lesson. Back in the early to mid 90's Black Mark Records was one of the leaders in putting out quality Metal-bands, just look at their line-up-EDGE OF SANITY, MORGANA LEFAY, TAD MOROSE, SEANCE, CEMETARY, but for some strange reason most of these bands got screwed over by the label and either left or broke up. Well close to the end of Black Mark's rule over the world, a band called CRIMSON MIDWINTER released a masterpiece to the public that was never really promoted and marketed properly.
Finland's CRIMSON MIDWINTER were ahead of their time incorporating melody and clean guitars into the typical "faster then thou" Black Metal-sound we were all listening to. The band operated at or beyond the levels of Norwegians EMPEROR, unleashing a black infested white noise, ambient Thrash at inhuman speeds, with the added rare attraction of some keyboards and slower guitar-arrangements, which proves that there must of been a least a few dark nights when these guys were playing along to their RUSH-records, rather than terrorizing the neighbourhood. Once you cope with the fact that this stuff is more about texture and mood than hooky choruses, it's easier for any fan to appreciate the six foot thick wall of buzzing sonics. Vocals, of course, sound like Beavis on one of his nervous fits, but it's perfect for this type of music.
This is a classic, lovingly and pain-stakingly assembled, proving that Black Metal infused with effort and creativity can result in respect. Fans wear you inverted crosses with pride and check these bad boys out.