WINTERFYLLETH Find Themselves: “Whisper of the Elements”


Winterfylleth’s Threnody of Triumph garnered a decent amount of attention in 2012 and even ended up on a few year-end lists, but it didn’t really do much for me. It sounded like an identity crisis. They were a bunch of pups in the throne room, somewhat clumsily imitating their parents’ hunting style. Only British. And with less plaid. 

Earlier this year they released a split with Drudkh, which suffered from an affliction known as being on a fucking split with Drudkh. It’s hard to listen to the other side of the split when you could just listen to more Drudkh. Plus, all the songs were covers, so it didn’t exactly give them a chance to prove themselves.

Then they released the first single from their upcoming album, The Divination of Antiquity, and I inserted my combat boot directly into my mouth. It’s really good. Guitarist/frontman Chris Naughton had this to say about “Whisper of the Elements”:

“Forest this, nature that, blast beats, tremolos, spirits and shit.”

Just kidding. Here’s what he really said:

“The song is part of the wider album concept about ’learning lessons from history’ and/or gaining spiritual insight from (i.e., divining and therefore Divination) history and the past (thus antiquity).


The song “Whisper Of The Elements” is about how nature will always be greater than man, and even though we all wage wars on one another, try to profit from each other and generally run around like we own the planet, ultimately nature has the power to rebel against that and bring us back down to earth. Its also about how nature was there before us and it will be there after us, and compared to nature we are but a blip on the timeline of the planet.


Interestingly this is the first time we’ve ever sung choral vocals over a blast beat section and done extreme vocals at the same time. I think it makes for a spine-tingling experience if you listen closely.”

Now, you boys and girls(?) know to take anything someone says about their own band with a grain of salt. You also know to trust everything I say with a blind assurance, and I say Mr. Naughton is right. My spine has never actually tingled, but this song is a soaring accomplishment. Stream it over at Stereogum or whatever it’s called. Or you can watch this lyric video, which I hate.

The Divination of  Antiquity is out on October 7th via Candlelight Records. That’s my birthday, folks. Here’s the album art, which I also hate.


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  • Randall Thor

    “pups in the throne room”

    Real subtle.

    • Negrodamus

      also lol @ “imitating their parents hunting style” a la Two Hunters.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    That concept sounds really interesting.

  • Xan

    The album cover is simple and beautiful. I shall sample their toonz.

    • Beunhaas

      I agree. I’m usually not a fan of using photos as album covers, but this one is quite the thing.

  • I listened to these guys once and didn’t really feel it at all. Maybe I’ll give this a shot.

  • RustyShackleford

    Dang that’s good. Diggin’ those blast beat tones. Yep!

  • I discovered these guys recently through the Drudkh split, and I totally agree with your assessment of that release. However, this song rules! I really hope the rest of the album delivers like this.


    Digging the Drudkh love


      if you were words on a page, you’d be what they call fine print.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Shrek would spread his ass cheeks for SMOHLG

    • Drudkh digs SMOHLG love. #SMOHLGfax


    Yeah, the the album art seems off

    • Howard Dean

      I agree. The contrast between the picture and the logo/title is strange. It looks very DIY. And the landscape looks very CGI for some reason, though I know it’s real.

      • JWG

        They should have just got someone to paint it. Oil on canvas. Bob Ross style. Those clouds don’t look nearly happy enough or little enough.

        Side note: I miss that guy. My entire childhood worldview was basically shaped by the PBS equivalent of the Holy Trinity of Bob Ross, Mr. Rogers, and LeVar Burton.

  • Scrimm

    I bought Threnody of Triumph the same days I got Drudkh’s eternal turn of the wheel. Hardly ended up listening to it And Drudkh took over my stereo for weeks. One of my bandmates went apeshit for it though. this sounds a lot more promising.

    • Howard Dean

      I liked Eternal Turn of the Wheel well enough, but felt like it suffered in much the same way as its preceding album Handful of Stars–it just feels like Drudkh spinning their wheels (no pun intended), recapturing a sound/vibe they did so much better on albums like Blood In Our Wells and Microcosmos.

      • Scrimm

        Agreed. Those two are my favorites.


  • Howard Dean

    This is hilarious and awesome. Well done, my good sir.

    “Earlier this year they released a split with Drudkh, which suffered from an affliction known as being on a fucking split with Drudkh.”

    Truer words have never been spoken.

    Also: “Forest this, nature that, blast beats, tremolos, spirits and shit,” had me giggling. I wish people actually thought that way.

  • Bumsmuggler

    My hero.

  • Gurp

    Sweet! Another album to listen to in the winter when I go to the lake to chill.