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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

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4 stars This IS Winter Madness

Wow, I did not expect to see Wintersun in the Prog Archives, let alone that no one reviewed them. I might as well start my reviewing career on this one.

This is an amazing album that is full of power, beautiful melodies, and a dark, wintery feel. It's neat that as you progress through the album, each song is longer than the previous one. But don't be turned off from the early songs because they're short, Beyond the Dark Sun's intro (and really the whole song) will blow your mind ten times over. All of the longer tracks really have periods where they change up the music and divide it into small movements, the best example of this is Starchild. The last two songs are also his heaviest, Beautiful Death and Sadness and Hate really pack more of a punch than the rest of the album combined.

Jari does a solid job in his first solo album away from Ensiferum. I'm not amazed by his vocals, but it's suitable and very entergetic, fits the album. You won't be wowed by them, but you won't be disappointed. His guitar playing is top-notch, speed everywhere with some great sounds coming from his guitar. I just love the intro to Death and the Healing, something only he could have done. The production really makes the guitar stand out crisp and clear on every song, and it's just the way it should be, really defines the sound.

If you're a fan of Ensiferum or you want to hear some of the best progressive melodic death metal, go for this. It's not as progressive as some other stuff you'll find in this category so I don't give this a 5 thumbs up, but it deserves a solid four. If you have the money and you happen to get your hands on this, it will not disappoint. Look out for the next album, Time, sometime later this year.

4 Stars, absolutely brilliant work.

KC_Kid | 4/5 |


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