The first thing that’s going to come to mind when listening to The Stillwinter is Horse The Band. That’s not to say these guys are a ripoff of HTB, but if you like Horse the Band (and you should), then these guys are definitely worth checking out.
“Apres La Morte” starts things off channeling that HTB vibe, with a wild mix of eight-bit high-energy synth pop and probably at least a little bit of alcohol. This is not music to sit and study Economics with, this is a party mix.
Tracks like “Superbro” are slightly more conventional, with an approach closer to a bands like My Chemical Romance (but less crappy). “My Valentine” similarly calls to mind that same emo/post-hardcore sound, but is far more fun – in a “re-mixed by rabid chipmunks” sort of way. “Savior of Lies”, on the other hand, is a pretty straightforward post-hardcore rocker and somehow manages to mix the emo sound with their own Casio-tinged style into something surprisingly poignant.
“Through the Flames” may be the one real misstep. Abandoning their light-hearted theatrics for what should be a touching ballad, they fail to pull it off – you’re left waiting for the punchline.
The Stillwinter succeeds in doing something that not enough performers even attempt – they’ve made something unique. This disc is not going to appeal to everyone. But for those who get their hands on this and get to check these guys out, this is a nice little souvenir to add to the well-rounded music collection.