"They’ve only been around a few years, but they already have a record deal and a lineup which seems to be stable for the time being. And they’re also one of the few bands from Michigan playing black metal. In an industry that’s finally starting to gain some ground in the United States, their decision not to become one of the dimes a dozen has proven to be a successful formula for the band this far. However, it’s always slightly worrying when you read that a band is going for a do-it-yourself approach as far as input and production; you never know if it’ll be produced well enough, or if the sound they’re going for will be successfully conveyed to their target audience. Luckily for Winterus, they’re fully aware of the sound they wish to achieve on record and create a successful atmosphere in the process."
““In Carbon Mysticism” Winterus can provide only what other acts have done such as Behemoth and Immortal for instance. Winterus’s musical traits provide an opposite effect like taking the story of Beauty and the Beast which Winterus has chosen to use – they take the genres of black metal and death metal using this same formula. The structure they use engulfs the listener by hitting them head on with fast pacing guitar riffs with aggressive vocal chords that shutter the nerves rattling underneath the skin. “No Rest” gives this precise example while “Eternal Ghost” builds up the demonic entity hidden within."”
"Winterus’ ear for an affecting melody is unquestionable – intro ‘Lone Wolves’ may reek of Wolves in the Throne Room’s ‘Dea Artio’ but it has a melancholy that makes it the band’s own. The album actually improves as it progresses – ‘No Rest’ and ‘Reborn’ containing some of the less compelling Dissection-lite moments – but once ‘Harmonious’ blossoms into a crescendo of escalating melody, the band really hit their stride. This culminates in the pastoral finale of ‘Through the Mists’ which contains some of the album’s best moments. The four-piece have a way to go until they reach the heights of their influences but ‘In Carbon Mysticism’ is a promising start."
"In Carbon Mysticism represents a debut of limitless potential, laid out over nine soul-curdling musical epitaphs. If there lies true pulchritude in harsh ugliness, then Winterus have shown an adept skill at revealing the beauty within the beast. The beauty of honesty, the torment of the beast."
"Winterus are young dudes, so I’m excited for what the future holds for these dudes. In a day where a lot of bands claims to be black, this band actually sounds like a black metal band. Are they the best black metal band? That’s a discussion for another day kids, but as far as I’m concerned, they’re pretty fucking solid."