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Studio Album, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Days Of Wonder (5:04)
2. All Opposable Thumbs (8:33)
3. Fill The Void (5:24)
4. Enigma Suit (11:18)
5. Nowhere To Run (5:14)
6. Shine On Me (4:41)
7. A Higher Place (3:57)
8. The Flood (9:14)
9. Back To Life (20:53)

Line-up / Musicians

- Leif Sundin / vocals
- Benny Jansson / guitar
- Marcel Jacob / bass
- Jens Johannson / keyboards
- Anders Johansson / drums
- Yngwie Malmsteen / guitar

Releases information

CD released in Japan: Pony Canyon PCCY-0970, and ROW Heptagon HECD-0XX
To quote Jens: "Some parts bluesier AOR with Leif Sundin on vocals, some parts more abstruse neoclassical instrumentals with Yngwie guesting on guitar. Yngwie did the guitar in his studio in Florida, at the same time that we worked out the arrangements for "Inspiration"".

Reissued as a twoforone with 'The Johansson Brothers' (aka 'The Brothers Johnasson') in 2000, Heptagon (HECD021-022)

(The last track is not an epic song, but a shorter song followed by a long silence and a sound of someone knocking at a door at the very end).

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
3 stars Heavy Prog!

This album is the second one that the two brothers, keyboardist Jens and drummer Anders Johansson, made together. For those of you who don't know the history of these guys, they both used to play in Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force in the 80's. Malmsteen also plays on this album as a guest, which is very interesting since this is a very different kind of music compared to that of Rising Force. The Johansson brothers have a much wider set of influences that stretches far beyond the narrow boundaries of metal music. This can be seen on their (especially Jens') extremely diverse output. The influences on this particular album are Jazz and Classical music as well as classic bluesy hard rock. I would probably put this album in the Heavy Prog category.

The Johansson brothers are obviously very skilled on their respective instruments and the guitar shredding of Malmsteen is clearly recognizable, but quite sparse ? he appears only in a couple of the songs. The overall sound is strongly dominated by keyboards, drums, bass and vocals with some guitar solos (not all played by Malmsteen). The keyboards are mainly organ, synthesisers, some piano and (something that sounds like) a harpsichord (even if I'm pretty sure that it is produced with electronic keyboards).

The vocals are very bluesy and almost soulful and would fit in any classic bluesy hard rock band. Deep Purple might come to mind, but the music on Sonic Winter is more melodic during the vocal parts and more progressive and jazzy in the instrumental parts. The longer tracks are instrumentals and consist mainly of some very good instrumental workout. Still, this is not an album concerned just with showing off chops. The shorter songs are based on melody and not on instrumental workout. Most of the many keyboard solos are appropriate within the context of the songs and never too excessive.

There is here a nice balance between bluesy hard rock songs with some quirks, and more experimental instrumentals. The various influences are perhaps not as well integrated as they might have been, but this is a worthwhile album.

Good, but non-essential!

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