Winds - Reflections Of The I review


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Band: Winds
Album: Reflections Of The I
Release date: 2002

01. Clarity
02. Realization
03. Of Divine Nature
04. Transition
05. Passion's Quest
06. Reason's Desire
07. Premonition
08. Remnants Of Beauty
09. Existence
10. Continuance
11. Predominance

The Italian Avantgarde Music is on of my favorite label. And I'm not saying that for nationalismů the roster of this label includes some of the best bands actually on the scene, and the new Winds from the north are indeed worthy to be defined so.
After the debut MCD Of Entity And Mind this Norwegian band comes to us with their first full-length that is a masterpiece. The mastermind and keyboard player Andy Winter has been able to gather some of the greatest artists of the Norwegian scene such as Carl August Tidemann [Arcturus], Lars Eric Si [Khold], Jan Axel Von Blomberg, [also known as the legendary Hellhammer, band member of almost a thousand groups, first of all MayheM] in order to create something really special. Reading these names you would think about a Black Metal project, but you would be wrong. To define Winds' music is not easy, as for all the albums which have that something special allowing them to go beyond the schemes; anyway we can say that it is a melancholic and deep gothic-progressive metal which meets arrangements and sonorities proper of classical music, not just metal parts alternated with violins or cellos. The hard thing is to describe with words this great achievement of Andy Winter's compositions: also when you hear the wonderful guitar of Tidemann you can have the impression that the same riff could have been written for a violin. And it is no coincidence if we can often hear these two instruments playing together.

Analyzing the single musicians' performances I really must declare my admiration for all of them: a skillful work by everyone and it seems that they have always played together. Tidemann's work is great, like as in Arcturus he is able to create vortex of baroque sounds that are simply wonderful. Hellhammer's drumming, even though it's not very speedy nor powerful it's incredibly precise and clean [as it's supposed to be on this album], not only an accompaniment but, in particular with the cymbals, he creates a thin and incredibly various web of background sounds that links perfectly the other instruments together. Lars Eric Si's voice, deep and sad but never too much depressive, flies softly over the music not taking too much part nor exceeding in useless virtuosities. His bass work is sometimes soft, sometimes pounding as the moment requires.
Winters keyboards close the circle of perfection with elegant piano interludes or delicate accompaniment to the orchestra [performed by a real quartet of a violin, a viola, a cello and a bass]. To complete an album which already for what regarding the music deserves the title of a masterpiece we find good and introspective lyrics [written by Winter] and wonderful artwork by the artist Travis Smith, who has done one of his best works, grasping perfectly the mood of the music within the drawings.

Listen to Reflections Of The I is like drinking a glass of red wine in an autumn garden, delicate but persistent. May the Winds blow again in our ears.

Written by Sephiroth | 26.03.2004



Comments: 3   Visited by: 38 users
15.01.2009 - 23:28
Account deleted
My newest discovery, I'm glad i discovered them (thanks to a friend though) - an amazing album, a quite original sound, great musicianship, very good vocals.

Great review by the way.
13.09.2009 - 10:15
Heaven Knight
One of the CDs i physically own...i am not really into prog, but this was nice to listen...and great cover art
So behold the flight of the sapphire dragon
soaring through the skies once again

25.10.2009 - 03:55
Liver Failure
I would not give such a high rate. This album seemed a little unstable in performance to me. It has breathtaking moments, and other moments it is boring as hell.

The vocals and the use of the violin are perfect... its just that, sometimes, it is simply boring. The song ''Passion's Quest'' is the best example: starts great, stop being good from nothing, than it comes an annoying solo, and after one minute of filler, its over.

Definitly a good album, but the worse of Winds imo.

member of the true crusade against old school heavy metal, early 80s thrash, NWOBHM, traditional doom, first and second wave black metal, old school death metal, US power metal, 70s prog rock and atmospheric doomsludgestoner. o/

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