Mystic Winter arose from the ashes of the band Haloed Patriots in the woods of Indiana and the early material sprang from two band members realizing material they had did not fit the previous band’s identity. In March of 2018, Mystic Winter released the single “Withered”, with Tergiversating Blasphemies coming in 2019. With musical influences including black metal icons like Antestor, Crimson Moonlight, Horde, and Vials of Wrath, one might expect a project filled with black metal and explorations into the ambient side of the genre.
The ep opens with “Exordium” a haunting mostly ambient, keyboard and horror movie sound effect laden track with some deep, growled spoken word over the top. Suprisingly, the next track “Nomadic Tumor” also starts out with the atmospheric keyboard intro, instead of the usual explosion of riffs and blastbeats common to the genre. Unfortunately, while the keyboards sound as if they were recorded normally, once the rest of the music comes in it sounds more like it was recorded in metal box a ways away from the microphones. The songs is muffled echo-driven noise separated by cleanly recorded keyboard sections. Ambient black metal noise seems a fitting description.