Winterfylleth have today announced details of their new album, titled The Hallowing of Heirdom, which will be released via Candlelight/Spinefarm on April 6, 2018. The 12-track album is their sixth studio release, and pushes the boundaries of their sound into new territories.
Elder Mother is the first track to be premiered from the album, which is presented via a lyric video:
Chris Naughton comments:
“The premise of the album being solely acoustic this time around really gave us the chance to explore our ability as songwriters in a very different way than we are used to. Throughout the writing process we found out that we could conjure the same mental imagery, emotions and feelings in the music as we always have done, but without the need for distorted guitars and harsh vocals.”
Having incorporated elements of traditional English folk music into their previous work, it is on The Hallowing of Heirdom that the band takes a deep dive into this genre, and the result is an entirely acoustic album which is sure to challenge pre-conceptions of the band, whilst retaining their signature spirit.
Drawing lyrical and conceptual influence from ancient folklore, pastoral poetry, riddles, rhymes and odes, as well as early British customs and practices, Winterfylleth present a unique and reverent homage to Ancient Britain. The music draws on the atmosphere, feeling and emotions of their previous albums, but expresses it through acoustic instruments, and in the folk tradition so important to the original formation of the band. Winterfylleth have drawn on their collective skills across a wide variety of musical styles to incorporate interesting, new instrumentation and textures into this most rich of musical tapestries.
With a stable new line up in place since 2014’s The Divination of Antiquity album, and with a ten year anniversary tour under their belts, the UK’s finest proponents of atmosphere and emotion have created what will surely become a future classic in this genre.
01. The Shepherd
05. Elder Mother
07. A Gleeman’s Volt
08. Latch to a Grave
09. The Nymph
11. Resting Tarn
12. The Hallowing of Heirdom
Chris Naughton – Lead Vocals, Guitars
Simon Lucas – Drums, Percussion
Nick Wallwork – Guitars
Dan Capp – Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Mark Deeks – Vocals, Synth, Strings
The band were joined by the following guest musicians for the recording of The Hallowing of Heirdom:
Victoria Bernath (Viola & Violin)
Jo Quail (Cello)
Matthew Dabbs (Glockenspiel)
Jake Rogers (Flute)
Angela Deeks (Spoken word on The Nymph)
Sarah Wallwork (Backing vocals on The Shepherd)
The Hallowing of Heirdom was recorded and mixed by Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studio, and mastered by Markus Stock at Klangschmiede Studio E. The cover artwork is an oil painting titled Sycamore Gap At Dusk by David Taylor.