Wilt – Wilt by Titus Isaac

Rating: 3.5
Distributor/label: Winter Wolf Records
Released: November 9th, 2012
Band line-up:
Brett Goodchild – All instruments
Jordan Dorge – Vocals

Album Track listing:
1. Autumn Veil
2. Cold Misfortune
3. Empyrean
4. Pale Consternation

Wilt are a Canadian Black Metal band consisting of two members, Brett Goodchild and Jordan Dorge, who opt for a more atmospheric approach to their music. The production on this record is sparse and bassy, which adds to the heavy atmosphere that is maintained throughout the four compositions contained here. Guitars use minimalistic riffs that build up into very dark, cold melodies, and keep on building as the rhythm section is kept for the most part subdued and in a constant tempo. While this the band’s repetitive approach may put off one or two listeners, others may find themselves caught in a trance as the record plays on.

The first track “Autumn Veil” contains some double bass work on the drums, while the guitars build up to one of those cold Black Metal melodies mentioned earlier, which then goes into a cycle in which the band end adds more layers as the parts of the song are repeated. While there are momentary drum fills that give the impression that the band will break out into faster territory, the tempo is kept mid tempo throughout the song.

“Cold Misfortune” basically follows a similar pattern, as the band allows the main riff to build itself up as they work in some guitar layers around a constant tempo, until at the very end of the track the band speed things up with a blast beat drum pattern playing underneath the now built-up melody.

The eleven minute epic “Empyrean” finds the band employing a faster pace than before, although guitars and bass play the atmospheric minimalistic style of the previous tracks. The song then goes into its slower sections until reaching a Doom Metal like tempo that leads up to a beautiful melodic lead guitar break that elevates the track’s atmosphere, and sucking the listener in.

The guitars on the album closer, “Pale Consternation” also lead up to a melodic section, and the track itself has a very depressive feel to its arrangement that provides this awesome release with a closing note that is very fitting and leaves the listener stunned at just how good this band is at creating an atmosphere.

The band Wilt does not by any means present anything that has not been done before in Black Metal, but the band plays their Atmospheric Black Metal with a lot of conviction. Technicality is thrown out the window, and instead the band prefers to take their time and allow arrangements to develop slowly.

This EP is the kind release that works better if one listens to it as a whole from start to finish instead of listening to individual tracks. While the band’s style may at times sound repetitive, some moments took me by surprise, such as the faster sections within the songs, as well as the more melodic lead guitar moments, and the band can certainly keep those ideas in mind when they decide to record a full length record.