Ode Vinter are a band from Illinois that plays dark and grim form of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2012 ep "Mortuus Mereticus".
The ep starts out with some dark and haunting ambient sounds before adding in drums and fast, raw black metal guitar riffs which leads up to grim screams making their presence known and the band also mixes slow and fast parts together and after awhile dark sounding guitar leads are added into the music.
When the band goes into the second song sounds of rain and thunder are added into the music before going into a more old school black metal as well as adding in death metal growls and that influence is also added into the melodic guitar riffing and the band stick to a true black metal direction and when they add in blast beats the ep starts sounding a lot more powerful.
When the band goes into the fourth song acoustic guitars are added into the music briefly and then the band goes back into another old school black metal assault as well as bringing in synths which also gives the music a very atmospheric sounding edge and when the music goes into the last song they start bringing in even more dark elements.
On these 5 songs that are displayed on this demo you can tell this band knows their old school black metal very well and these are some of the darkest black metal songs i have heard from a United States black metal band.
Song lyrics cover dark, blasphemous and grim themes, while the production has a very dark, raw and old school sound with the bass guitars being mixed down low in the mix.
In my opinion Ode Vinter are a very great sounding dark and grim black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Buried Beneath A Grim Sky" and "Funerary offering". 8/5 out of 10.