Broken Reality – Very skilled beautiful piano intro, followed by what can only be described as a crashing guitar riff, blended with hauntingly powerful female vocals of a stunningly high quality. The whole song carries a determined march of winter theme about it, evoking imagery matching with the title. A really strong piece of music, fresh and alive, with beautifully soulful melodies, just carries you away in its thrall. Fading out resonantly, this is as close to a perfect wintery metal song as you’re likely to get.
Delirium – Great effect at the outset. A varied guitar technique, seguing effortlessly from one style to another, flowing well into the pitch perfect vocals. This is a collaboration in which the chemistry between vocals and instrumentals fits in one of the most exacting ways I’ve heard in a long time.
Dystopian – Very dark piano and keyboard/synth intro, giving way to some fabulous guitar melodies and soaring vocals. Imagery of a literal lifting process taking place hits me within this song. A heavier middle section, with some very heavy noticeable drum rolls. This is another catchy chorus. Great outro – works well. The whole song feels like a bird in flight.
Last Innocent Man – Lovely acoustic opening. Vocal harmonies follow. A gentler sound which flows well. This track carries a quieter feel, still retaining the darkness and sombre tone of preceding songs. It conveys its meaning beautifully well.
Winter’s Hall – The Hallmark of the entire project. This song speaks volumes and doubtlessly forms the backdrop to the rest. Very nice, catchy start. So hard to write about this one without getting absorbed in it. Imagine a metalled up wintery fantasy film scene and that’s the best description I can give of this song. It just has to be heard. Ooh and I even hear a Whitesnake-esque riff in there somewhere. Good job! Great, escapist stuff. Well placed in the sense of leaving the best till last.
Due to be released at the end of March 2015 via Prog Sphere Promotions. You can also check out the ‘Delirium’ video on http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VSIAX_TaVa18
All in all, a delightful, accomplished, wintery metal masterpiece! This gets 10 stars. **********