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WINGDOM

Progressive Metal • Finland


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Wingdom were a Finnish melodic metal band formed in 2003 by Sami ASP (vocals), Mikko HÄRKIN (ex-SONATA ARCTICA keyboard), Alessandro LOTTA (ex-Rhapsody bass), Jukka RUOTSALAINEN (guitars) and Markus NIEMISPELTO (drums). Their first album, Reality, was released in 2005 and shows a likeness to latter day THRESHOLD.

In 2007 the band disbanded.

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3.42 | 5 ratings
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3.42 | 5 ratings

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Wingdom Progressive Metal

Review by Matti
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3 stars This may be my first - or second - time to review a (Prog) METAL artist! That's not a genre I generally listen to. Wingdom is a Finnish band that plays melodic metal with plenty of keyboards. The songwriter is the keys player Mikko Harkin. Well, actually, this is a pretty good album, even I can listen to it and get something of it without a headache. I'm glad I took this step outside my comfort zone (but hey, last summer I was in a concert of SONATA ARCTICA! I guess these two bands are more or less similar). Now I understand much better why so many people enjoy metal music. The emotion and energy of it. This is of course from the easiest side of metal, no death growls, thick noise walls, crazy speed or other extreme metal specialities around. At the same time I must point out that it's not metal at its most progressive either, far from it. The songs are mostly in 4-5 minute length, though there's one 12-minute track too.

Vocals of Sami Asp are tight and strong, typical for the genre. I suppose this music can be compared to the commercial heavy rock that I heard in my youth in the 80's, bands like Europe, but happily Wingdom is not that commercial. The songs are quite accessible but not sounding like wannabe-chart hits. Some of the lyrics deal with themes like loneliness and the importance of love, or a wish to have some guiding light in this troubled world. They're OK, if a little clichéd.

The rhythm section is suitably strong without being too loud, and also the roar of metal guitar is kept at balance. The keyboards bring nice brightness to the overall sound. There's no notable soloing, which doubtlessly would have improved the music. But if my little review has any credibility, I say this is a very suitable place to get into metal.

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 Reality by WINGDOM album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.42 | 5 ratings

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Review by Valarius

4 stars Whenever I buy CDs on Ebay I always be sure to click on the 'sellers other items' tab, to see if there are any artists worth checking out. Sometimes the risk doesn't pay off, sometimes it does. Since nobody else had bid on it, I snapped up Wingdom's debut album for ?1. Definitely a risk that paid off.

This album is absolutely fantastic, and seriously, incredibly underrated. Sadly Wingdom have since split up and never released a follow-up, but 'Reality' shows so much potential for a band that could have really made a name for themselves.

One of the great things about this group is that they have a very recognisable Prog Metal sound, but without ten-minute songs riddled with time changes and odd arrangements. So whilst they instantly ooze a Prog Metal tone, their songs are very easy to get into. They also incorporate a sound which I absolutely love; a heavy, crunchy guitar, accompanied by a melodic keyboard. And this is instantly demonstrated within the first minute of the opening track, 'Time'.

Wingdom may not be the most technically efficient band in the world, but their playing is very tight, and every member gives a stellar performance. Some good examples of what this band are all about can be found in 'Time', 'The Essence', 'Lighthouse Pt. 1 & 2' and the truly beautiful 'Never Stop'.

If you're expecting crazy musicianship on the level of Dream Theater, Symphony X and Time Requiem, this band isn't for you. But for a more 'radio-friendly' sounding Progressive Metal band (even though they've probably never been on the radio), Wingdom are friggin' awesome, and definitely worth checking out if you get the chance.

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