Formed in 2007 with the intention of honoring Englandâ€™s proud ancestral heritage and rich national culture, WINTERFYLLETH (comprised of members culled from the UKâ€™s most devastating doom contingent Atavist) set a solidified mission statement to bring awareness to Englandâ€™s historical stories, folklore, landscapes and ancestral past through their folk-influenced vitriolic black metal.
Coining the term English Heritage Black Metal (EHBM), WINTERFYLLETH — which translates to “Winter Full Moon” from the Olde English language — represents the first full moon in October as well as the Anglo-Saxon festival of the arrival of winter. The band generated a massive response from the underground with their Rising of the Winter Full Moon demo leading to their union with Profound Lore Records. Rising of the Winter Full Moon displayed a fierce focused vision on what WINTERFYLLETH wanted to achieve through their music, and with their The Ghost of Heritage debut, that vision became even more solidified and fleshed out.
By combining vicious yet moody folk inspired black metal that harkens back to the early days of Enslaved and early Ulver, WINTERFYLLETH also conjure feelings and moods reminiscent of Drudkh, Hate Forest and Forefather, while forging new ground to lead the recent black metal movement in the UK. Lyrically, the band delve into tales of Englandâ€™s archaic history, recounting major events and battles and drawing inspiration from certain sites that grace the countryside of England.
The band recently signed to Candlelight Records for the release of their forthcoming 2010 album The Mercian Sphere.
Said guitarist/frontman Chris Naughton: “WINTERFYLLETH are proud to have been given the opportunity to sign with such an influential and well respected label as Candlelight Records. It is awesome for our band to now feature alongside some of the most crucial black metal artists from the last decade. We are particularly honored to be in the ranks amongst bands like Emperor, Enslaved — who are one of my biggest influences — Anaal Nathrakh, Absu and 1349 as well as some newer greats like Xerath. We are looking forward to the chance to work with a label that is as passionate about releasing great music as we are. Hereâ€™s to good things! Hail Heritage! Hail Candlelight!”
Chris Naughton (guitar/vocals)
Simon Lucas (drums/backing vocals)
Nick Wallwork (bass/backing vocals)
Mark Wood (guitar/backing vocals)