The Skinny: Garden State blackened metal troupe Windfaerer are currently streaming “A Glimpse of Light,” the second track off their new EP, Solar. The self-released follow-up to the band’s critically-acclaimed Tribus debut was recorded with Bobby Torres at Frightbox Recording in Clifton, New Jersey and offers up seven tracks of sadistic beauty laden with elements of black and melodic death metal while exuding a folkloric edge.
Literally meaning “one who travels with the wind,” as in a vessel at sea, Windfaerer began as a means of self expression for guitarist, bassist and vocalist Michael Gonçalves, inspired by his Hispanic and Iberian heritage and fueled by his passion for extreme music. With Windfaerer, he focused his energies on creating a melodic, blasting and emotional entity and eventually recruited like-minded musicians in violinist Benjamin Karas and drummer JP Andrade.
Gonçalves notes: “This music is a vessel for my expression. Windfaerer is not to follow trends or be part of a scene of some sort; it is about independence and being true. ‘Solar’ feels like a healthy progression for Windfaerer’s music,” he continues. “I’ve included more input from my bandmates in the writing process and we’re excited to show the world our brand of metal with this EP. We are more energized than ever to keep creating.”