An homage to Winter in conception, an explosion of expressions in perception, OLD MAN’S WYNTAR by MOSAIC, is an astonishing masterpiece of soundscaping. Its highly complex structure takes the listener on a many-faceted journey into the deepest realms of ice, snow, and darkness. With a unique mix of Black Metal, Avantgarde, Neofolk, Ambient, Neue Deutsche Todeskunst and many other elements and influences, it lures the mind and beckons to venture beyond the borders of its usual conversance. The course of the EP is shapeshifting between incantation, melancholy, desperation, fierce bitterness, harsh coldness and enticing tranquility. Its frostbitten, sharp sound entwines and channels the lyrical concept and musical fabric in towering manner toward the ecstasy of white, hostile solitude. OLD MAN’S WYNTAR’s grave repercussions echo forth a long time after its last note has died away.
This very special, extended version finally turns the EP into the treat of a full-length. Enhanced with an additional chapter, the total playing time is advanced to an incredible 76 minutes of allurement that will see the last unfrozen souls enchanted. Within these new chapter, there are various guest appearances – the german neoclassic duo Nachtreich (Official) contributed some string parts, Scorpios Androctonus (Crimson Moon, Ex-MELECHESH), Erik Gärdefors (Grift), Leshiyas (Vivus Humare), Barth (OUR SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON US), as well as E.H. (Wolfhetan) sharpening a true MOSAIC.
All music was carefully crafted at the House of Inkantation. For the mastering, none other than Patrick W. Engel (TEMPLE OF DISHARMONY) put the final touches on this unique winter journey.
Complete with a thick A5 book, reworked and extended artwork and 28page booklet, incl. an in depth interview as well as full English translations of all lyrics for the first time ever.
The new frontcover was crafted by the russian artist Alex Morkh Shadrin of Nether Temple Design.
The tracklisting is as follows:
Chapter I: ERWECKUNGE & WINTEREN
[engl.: awakening & snowfall]
I. Incipit: Geherre (5.49)
II. Onset of Wyntar (12.49)
III. Im Winter (2.30)
Chapter II: ZOUBAR & TUNKALHEYT
[engl.: …of magick & darkness]
IV. Snowscape (3.21)
V. White Gloom (11.24)
VI. Black Glimmer (8.56)
Chapter III: VRÖUDENHÜGE & ROUCHNAHT
[engl: joyful reminiscence & sacred eves]
VII. Silent World, Holy Awe (4.05)
VIII. Vom ersten Schnee (5.55)
IX. Silver Nights (22.24)