CD - Riverbed Empire
Riverbed Empire, featuring lyre and atmospheric vocals from Anabelle Iratni (Devilment) and a fretless bass contribution by Hugo Doyon-Karout (Beyond Creation, Brought by Pain), is the third full length composition by Eastern Canada’s blackened metal trio WinterheartH. The album focuses on the timeless paradox of a beautiful evil by detailing lesser known pieces of Newfoundland folklore and the intricacies of global atrocities. Their debut Curse the Summer (2015) was labeled blackened thrash, then Resettlement (2016) – blackened death, now Riverbed Empire offers black metal roots fused with progressive elements; ever darker soundscapes juxtaposed with shimmers of light.
Mark Richards has been called to action to illustrate a cover that personifies the natural contrast of life’s beautiful darkness by drawing upon aspects of one of literature’s most resonant works, Inferno by Dante. The three Furies against an infernal castle backdrop solidifies the overarching sensibilities throughout the music. Mark’s previous work includes illustrations for: Primus, The Black Dahlia Murder, Pig Destroyer, and Carnifex.