"Wyrding’s hushed music flows over you like a warm blanket, Schafer’s warm baritone voice soaring above fellow bandmates Brian Steele, Kyle Roessler, Bret Hartl and Jerry McDougal’s smooth lugubre. Gone are the overt folk influences of Wyrding’s demo, who have emerged from the cocoon with a sound akin to Benedictine monks performing funeral rites with modern electric instrumentation. Unlike their more conservative funeral doom brethren, Wyrding seeks out the dramatic not only in minimal execution, but minimal sound. They are quiet, unassuming, but are able to portray immensity with their subtle movements."
- Jon Rosenthal, Invisible Oranges
Instantly from the first moments of "Poltergeist," the mood is set for the entirety of the record. Leading off with exasperated breathing and far off, pained human voices, the band quickly launches in to a slow funeral march. Schafer's deep, guttural voice channels the darkest of vibes, as the rest of the band proceeds with a creeping, shuffling elegance. The pace is slow, but the dynamic alternates between heaviness and open space. With the addition of organ and the rest of the band contributing chanting vocals, there is more than a hint of liturgical drama to be had.
The pace and vocal style continues clearly into "Longing's End," but the band chooses to focus on a clean, old school hard rock/metal guitar tone throughout that contrasts the sacred music elements a bit more. That style continues into "False Concept of Voyage," which retains the big metal guitar sound, but a lighter atmosphere and more vocal harmonizing. The final result ends up being more melodic and folk-like though, before coming to an abrupt end.
On the second half of the album, Wyrding split between two short instrumental interludes and two more fully fleshed out songs. Opening with "Impression I," lengthy guitar soloing and tasteful accompaniment make for a lighter sense of melody that builds to a crushing crescendo. This segues brilliantly into the piano driven "Steaming Blood Ascends Beyond the Moon," an overall calmer work despite its grim title. Percussion is sparse, the guitar melodies are strong, and the vocals are lighter.
The following "Ahold A Wren" sees the band darkening things up a bit more, with heavier guitar and sharp, shimmering drums taking the focus. Schafer's vocals are a bit less doomy, but still have a tortured quality to them, amplified by the layered chanting accompaniment. The closing "Impression II" ends the record on a synth heavy, deep vocal note. The CD version includes the two songs from the Agony in Being single, which thematically fit with the rest of the release, though have an overall more experimental, cut-up quality to them compared to the more traditional song-like arrangements of the self titled single.
Wyrding's debut full-length album may not be for everyone, with its strict adherence to a dirge-like pacing and Troy Schafer's deep, sepulchral vocal inflection. However, its rich, yet deliberately sparse instrumentation conveys a depressing beauty that makes it a truly memorable record that draws from a multitude of styles without latching onto any one too specifically. It is an icy beauty that may take some time to fully reveal itself, but it is extremely satisfying when it does."
- Creaig Dunton, Brainwashed
"part funeral doom, part gothic opera and part ambient soundscape, but there’s a definite coherence found within its towering walls and climbing sorrow. There’s a gorgeous melancholy running throughout which harks back to founder and vocalist Troy Schafer’s neo-folk beginnings and the simplicity of that genre soaks in to the core of Wyrding and allows them to showcase beautiful compositions and stunning song writing.
“Steaming Blood Ascends Beyond The Moon” is one such track and the piano-led intro gives it a surreal lounge-act feel before breaking into echoing guitars that carry the weight of the world on their stunning progressions. Schafer’s voice is deep and passionate and here the band shine through the darkness with a song that moves in affecting waves. The lamentations found inside are deeply sorrowful and the band create an ethereal aura that transcends sadness and moves it on to another plane entirely. Wyrding is a unique record and one that may take some time to truly fall for, but once you’re there it will be difficult to forget the odes within."