Christmas is less than one week away, which means the days are getting shorter and darker. And that darkness is matched by the music of Vesperwynd from the wintery woods of Michigan.
The black metal newcomers describe their music as: “A whirlwind of triumph, unrest, and chaos brews in the sky like storm clouds beyond the darkened tree line and telephone poles. The night wind whispers tales of ancient mystery. Vesperwynd has arrived.”
And if that wasn’t enough to have you intrigued then their music certainly will. We took a listen to latest single Breathe In The Blood, which was released last month to get a taste for the darkness.
It opens up with eerie lingering guitars that continue under scary screamed vocals and slow deliberate drums. Big atmospheric guitars and synth take over, then the wild vocals return over the top in a slow, dark plodding metal march.
The intensity builds with darker instrumentals creeping in, then everything drops out and it dives into eerie synth sounds over creepy spoken vocals. Heavier drums kick in and the pace builds with drawn-out synth over pounding drums.
The plodding guitars return then join in with the big synths, doomy drums and eerie vocals. Give this dark masterpiece a listen below:
That follows debut single Unseen Depths of Black and Green, which is a little faster and more intense with more wild vocals and faster guitars showcasing Vesperwynd’s black metal goodness.
We chatted to the band to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Vesperwynd?
VW: “We’re a five-piece metal band from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Vesperwynd started playing music together in early 2018, but all of us had been in bands together and friends for years. We’ve all played heavy music in different configurations but discussed new ideas together and decided it was time to collaborate.”
GR: You’ve just released second single Breathe in The Blood. What should people be expecting from the song?
VW: “The idea for the song came from thinking about loss. From nature’s point of view, there is life even in death. As dark as the song might sound it’s not meant to be bleak, there is a duality and positive aspect lyrically and musically. The song ranges from raw minimal dirge to tense complexity.”
GR: How would you describe the Vesperwynd sound to people that haven’t listened to you?
VW: “Heavy and driving, brutal and triumphant, haunting and transcendent come to mind.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
We have all written music independently over the years. After discussing the direction of the music early on we put our individual efforts and passion into writing new music within the framework of this project. Key themes for us are nature, mystery and the unknown, a connection between science and magic, and other personal interests.
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
VW: “We each bring a mix of influences to the band. You can hear Emperor, Ruins (Japan), The Cure, Dimmu Borgir, Jorge Elbrecht, Zao, and My Bloody Valentine among others peeking through.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019 and into 2020?
VW: “We are planning to release a few more singles before our full-length album. We record all our music at Midi Castle, our bass player Rich’s studio. It’s been a luxury to have a studio at our disposal to work at our own pace and schedule. We plan to spiral outward from our hometown to bring the Vesperwynd experience across the country.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
VW: “We’re making music we want to hear while hopefully adding something new to this world.”