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Winterlong, Valley of the Lost LMC 2104 2, 2001 (Lion Music) Winterlong are a Finnish band that play a sort of cross between old-school metal acts (Iron Maiden, Helloween) and 90's technical / prog-metal. As far as I can find, Valley of the Lost is their first album, but they sound far from amateurish. The band concentrates on tight riffing from the guitar anchored by galloping double bass drums. The lead guitar gets a lot of time to shine, but the solos are more tasteful than the shredding associated with prog-metal bands (which admittedly isn't saying much). Vocals are not quite the center of attention but are well-done and appropriately gruff for the style of music. They also embellish the traditional metal instrumentation with keyboards and choir courtesy of Lars Eric Mattsson, who also produces. The orchestral keyboard sounds are usually used, of course, for the obligatory "anthemic choruses," a technique which sometimes works but mostly doesn't (the keys do add a nice mysterious edge to the verse of the title track, though). Winterlong's greatest strengths seem to be coming up with epic metal riffs and surprisingly substantive solos, but still have a way to go in piecing everything together. The song "Winterlong" is a good example, since it has a great galloping guitar riff and a flat-out brilliant, vaguely folk-inspired guitar solo, but a mediocre verse and a chorus that falls on its face. Still, they have hit on something in the way they use technical shredding in a way that seems truly heroic rather than cold and detached in the manner of so many prog-metal bands. Therefore, I think Valley of the Lost should appeal mainly to those seeking a modern take on the classic 70's metal godfathers. I have a feeling everyone else will have a hard time taking the guitar heroics and fantasy-inspired lyrics seriously, but people raised on that kind of metal will probably love Winterlong. If the band can just figure out how to come up with powerful hooks consistently, they might just become a force to be reckoned with. ~ Adam Murphree, EER-MUSIC.com Toni Erkkila - drums Thorbjorn Englund - lead guitar Hussni Morsare - vocals and rhythm guitar Erik Tornberg - bass Mistheria - synth solos on tracks 1 & 9. Lars Eric Mattsson - synths, orchestral and choir arrangements Songlist: 1. From Heaven to Hell 2. Sky Travellers 3. Winterlong 4. Valley of the Lost 5. The Water Spirit 6. Nosferatu 7. Mystery of Life 8. Victory 9. Written in Blood 10. Driven By Insanity
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