Sunday, January 5, 2014

Winter Majesty - "Unholy Glory of Ancient Rossa" [1994]

Artist: Winter Majesty
Title: Unholy Glory of Ancient Rossa
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Russia
Year: 1994

Track List:
  1. Song of the Winds (Intro) 
  2. Cold Winds of the North 
  3. Storm - Child of Madness Winds 
  4. The Cabalistic Sign 
  5. In Evil We Are Human 
  6. Unholy Glory of Ancient Rossa (Horses) 
  7. Gods of Fire 
  8. Freezing Moon (Mayhem cover)
  9. Eternal Sadness 
  10. Rising to the Satan (Outro)
One more rare release from the same time and pretty much the same region as Beerdigungs Lauten's "Slay the Close of Yours". Winter Majesty were one of the first (if not the very first) Russian black metal bands, formed in 1994 and disbanded in 1997 after releasing only one demo. It turned out to be quite good, given its place and time of release - surely not perfect, but much better than I expected. The demo is more than half an hour long, consisting of 7 original tracks (+ intro & outro), and a cover of Mayhem's "Freezing Moon" (how original!). It's interesting to note that Winter Majesty weren't from Moscow and St.Petersburg (as one might expect from the pioneers of Russian black metal), but from Stavropol, which is quite distant from the main hotbed of black metal (northern Europe).

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