Double album on black vinyls with gatefold cover and printed innersleeve
A Winters Tale is the debut album from the Norwegian symphonic doom/death band Abyssic, a band that consists of well-known musicians from the Norwegian metal scene, from acts such as Susperia, Dimmu Borgir, Old Mans Child, Funeral etc. Its an absolute monster of an album. At 79 minutes in length and featuring just four tracks, Abyssic certainly know how to provide the listener with a lot to get their teeth into. A decent stylistic reference point for Abyssic would initially be the old Peaceville roster, with bands like Anathema, My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost all providing an idea of what the base of the band is like. Only longer and more epic, of course. Once you have this in your mind’s eye, mix in some more modern, epic funeral Doom from the likes of Monolithe, as well as a sterling Classical influence, and you’ll have a good idea of what Abyssic are getting up to here. The symphonic aspects of Abyssic’s sound are big, bold and unashamedly impressive. Abyssic don’t hold back, and nor should they. This is a band that manage to incorporate the symphonic and Classical elements into their sound in a holistic and complete way, rather than having them just added on at the end. The music easily takes on a cinematic legendary feel and each of these long songs feels like a story. Nay, a saga.
1. A Funeral Elegy
2. A Winters Tale
3. Sombre Dreams
4. The Silent Shrine