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Wind Rose – Shadows Over Lothadruin

Wind Rose were described to me as Symphonic Power Metal, a description that made me roll my eyes and think “What? Another one”. HOW WRONG I WAS.

There are so many elements to this album that even after multiple listens, I am still hearing many new things. To categorize this band would be a crime, they reach across so many rock/metal genres. This is a very exciting debut album with depth, power, heaviness and energy.

(Awakening) kicks the album off as a mood setting opener, full of a brooding atmosphere. The Endless Prophecy then kicks off in urgent fashion before a tolling bell takes us to a darker heavier place. There are progressive influences all over this song, touches of Dream Theater at their heaviest and even Symphony X. (The Tournament) races by and straight into Siderion, which opens with a Celtic/Folk  feel before heading off into Celtic/Folk metal. The song retains this influence throughout but it is never overpowering, this song has a unique charm to it, the musicianship is first class throughout.

The spoken word interlude that is (The Grand March) leads us to Son Of A Thousand Nights. This is a slow song with progressive twists and turns along the way. An excellent lead vocal from Francesco Cavalieri drives this song along with the underlying wind intruments. The Fourth Vanguard hits us with the heaviest riff yet on the album, this will get fists pumping and heads nodding along, the song has everything you could wish for. The guitars are heavy, the bass adds to the depth of heaviness, the drumming of Daniele Viscont is adds a swing that other bands wish they had. His double bass drumming is exceptionally quick but never overpowering.

(Dark Horizons) then introduces the epic Majesty. The Keyboards in this have a medieval vibe to them, they flow in and out throughout the song. This song is over nine minutes long but at no time does it out stay it’s welcome. This epic song could well become a true melodic masterpiece. The music has scope and it has been given time to breathe, the song benefits so much from that, nothing sounds forced. (The Havoc) leads into the furious beginning of Oath To Betray. Speed gives way to a guitar driven rocker, again there are enough twists and turns to keep the listener interested. The guitar/keyboard solo would make John Petrucci/ Jordan Rudess sit up and take notice.

Led By Light once again has slight Celtic influences flowing through it, with an excellent chorus that is instantly drummed into your mind, great melodic singing in this one. The song turns heavier just after halfway, and takes us on a little journey before leading into the monstrous chorus once again. (Sacred Fount) guides us into Moontear Sanctuary, a song that begins with some gentle woodwind and acoustic guitars. This song has a medieval vibe throughout which builds and builds throughout, this could be a mass sing-a-long when played live.

(Vererath) with it’s middle eastern vibe, sends us crashing into the final song on the album, Close To The End. The heaviness of the opening gives way to a piano/voice track which builds into the full band, and the heaviness returns. At over ten minutes, this song has every chance of being overbearing but it never is. It is a very uplifting track, that as a lover of well played music I find very enjoyable.

Wind Rose have the chance to appeal to a broad spectrum of music lovers. There is enough metal to keep the metallers happy, there are time changes a plenty to more than satisfy the prog fans. There is the dramatical atmosphere to pacify the fans of symphonic metal. Although this album has a lot of different influences flowing through it, it never comes across as confused or mashed up. The band have a definate identity. There is so much on this album to enjoy that you simply must listen to it again and again. 

As Wind Rose continue to develop and progress then there are going to be some big times ahead.

 Rating: A magnificent 8/10

Francesco Cavalieri – Vocals
Daniele Visconti – Drums
Alessio Consani – Bass
Claudio Falconcini – Guitars
Federico Meranda – Keyboards

One Response to “ Wind Rose – Shadows Over Lothadruin ”

  1. gail Says:

    very good read

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