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3 stars Early demo recordings? Or two leftovers originally recorded during sessions for their debut 'The Weirding'? - it doesn't matter in the end. Here we have something so-so I would say, probably considered as too weak in order to reach for a place on the album? I do not agree, at least partially. The second exemplar Cosmic Wind is fairly exciting as for my impression. It's the jammin' trippy groove probably, or the haunting vocals missing any lyrics? I really adore this spacey ambience.

The opener Winter Witch on the other hand appears in a decent outfit, acoustic guitar and nice flute contributions by drummer David Hurley - definitely listenable as everything from the ASTRA crew and Brian Ellis related projects - but, yes, it doesn't bring anything new to the table though. Although the band has already announced a new album entitled 'The Black Chord' in the meanwhile, I recommend to check out their debut which still is a great discovery.

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