FESTER (Norway) “Winter of Sin” Remastered DIGI CD review by Metal Army

FESTER (Norway) Winter of Sin Remastered DIGI CD review

by www.metal-army.com

By MetalGeorge

Wow, now this is a nice little blast from the death metal past, now innit?

Actually, Norway’s Fester strode that weird, early 90s line between death and black metal; back when these two terms weren’t really mutually exclusive.

While Winter of Sin hasn’t exactly aged all that well compared to some of Fester’s Norwegian contemporaries, the album definitely sounded ahead of its time way back in 1992; a haunting and vicious sound which scared some, but intrigued most fans. This was because many were getting sick of death metal’s slow descent into trailer parks and jogging pants; bands like Fester, Mayhem, Emperor and Darkthrone were taking early death rumblings and providing their own, morbidly unique takes on a then-spent genre.

Fester and the lot inserted a lot more old metal feeling-a la Celtic Frost, Hellhammer and Bathory-into the mix, and as such were greeted as a fresh voice for the genre. While Winter of Sin may trudge along now for some-yours truly included, I’ll admit-the album must be taken in context to truly be enjoyed.

Abyss seems to know this, and have justifiably re-released this musty relic-No Fashion Records’ first release, for you fellow greybeards out there-for public consumption once again, delivering a history lesson to those who think death and black metal have always been about blastbeats ‘n breakdowns. No, Fester keep it slow, morose and musically mangled all the way through, and provide a harsh, strangled voice of blasphemy; one which hearkens back to the oldest of the old school.

Review link: www.metal-army.com/?p=15140

Fester links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/festernorway

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Fester/204292849614033

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/festernorwaybm

Abyss Records links:

Online Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Abyss-Records/164573050232055

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Other links:

To purchase FESTER “Winter of Sin” DIGI CD, latest Full-Length “A Celebration of Death” CD, “Silence” DIGI CD and other FESTER merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=fester

To preview songs from FESTER’s latest full-length album “A Celebration of Death” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWMGYQO2CjI or www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Xc7tab9jvs

And to preview a songs from FESTER’s “Silence” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hiTvtM5hoY or www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkSQoaAzGpQ

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