Power metal has a new worthy addition to the subgenre with the upcoming release of Wind Rose’s second studio album, Wardens of the West Wind, which will be released on February 3rd through Scarlet Records. Wind Rose is a five-piece symphonic/power metal band from Pisa, Italy and provides music for fans of bands like Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Turisas, and Nightwish. For fans of power metal, the art style might look familiar since the artwork was done by Felipe Machado Franco, who does the artwork for all of Rhapsody of Fire’s and Blind Guardian’s albums.
Beyond the great album cover, this album is fantastic. The initial lead-in track quickly builds the tone for listeners to fall into the setting and scenery the band is creating. The band members and the vocalist, Francesco Cavalieri, blend their sound together perfectly and the vocal harmonies are a great touch to these songs, especially in the case of the song “Rebel and Free.” (You can check out their music video below). Francesco Cavalieri provides a great presence in all of the songs on this record. The use of multiple instruments (such as strings and brass instruments) adds additional accents to the compositions on the album. Certain songs also give breaks in the intensity to give folk music inspired transitions, which add a lot to the mood (check out the track “Breed of Durin” for a great example of this.) This album is a well written record with consistently great musicianship and writing throughout every song and transition.
As a fan of power metal, this definitely satisfied my desire for more great bands in the genre. Wind Rose’s music has a great balance between Blind Guardian’s style of vocal harmonies and Turisas’ driving melodies and chants. Personally though, several tracks such as “Age of Conquest” unfortunately downplayed the keys even though they do provide a lot of interesting flavor to the music. While the album is well designed, the balance on the keys often drowns out their counter-melodies underneath the drums and guitar leads.
Wind Rose delivers a powerful record with their newest album, Wardens of the West Wind. This will be a band to watch for as they begin to establish themselves as a new powerhouse in the symphonic and power metal scenes. In my opinion, this is already one of the best albums to come out in 2015 and I highly recommend it.
Stand Out Tracks: Breed of Durin, Rebel and Free, Ode to the West Wind
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