Saturday, August 4, 2012

Wind Rose - Shadows Over Lothadruin

Wind Rose - Shadows Over Lothadruin (2012) Bakerteam Records
Produced by Cristiano Bertocchi
Tracks : 1.Awakening 2.The endless prophecy 3.The tournament 4.Siderion 5.The grand march 6.Son of a thousand nights 7.The fourth vanguard 8.Dark horizons 9.Majesty 10.The havoc 11.Oath to betray 12.Led by light 13.Sacred fount 14.Moontear sanctuary 15.Vererath 16.Close to the end
2,5 out of 5

The Italian band Wind Rose started out playing covers by bands like Dream Theater, Blind Guardian and Symphony X in 2005, a few years later they started writing their own material where the result is the debut album "Shadows Over Lothadruin". This is a concept album in the style of Lord of the rings, and the band describe their sound as symphonic progressive power metal which suits the album just fine. It´s well performed where 7 tracks are short pieces and the other 9 full length songs, but I think the music gets a little too pretentious and over ambitious at times which is a shame since they write some really good stuff too such as "Close to the end" and "Led by light". A decent album anyhow.

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