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Released: 2004, Indie
Year-end wrap-up: Each of the last few years to wrap up the year I have picked a theme for my reviews for December. This year due to the overwhelming number of CD’s that deserve exposure, recognition and commentary I am going to resort to quantity over quality. I usually try to give as much attention to each CD with extensive commentary however this month’s reviews (perhaps unfortunately) will be short and sweet and much more in the style of traditional magazine reviews where space restrictions are an important factor. (ie. Less detail) I apologize in advance to readers who expect much more detailed reviews. Please check the reviews archives as many of my colleagues have written excellent detailed commentary of many of these CD’s. I hope the large number of quick comments will help guide you making some of those important year-end CD purchase decisions. Happy Holidays and see you in January. JP
It’s bands like this that ‘get’ what it is all about. This totally pro Cdn act has unleashed a (way too short) MCD. Everything about it is world-class; presentation, layout, design, colour choice, lyrics, they set the standard really high. They understand to compete with the hundreds of new bands you have to have it all . The cover is very cool, the logo is great and the band name sticks well. Look closely or you will miss something. Sonically these guys are in the recently popularized style of power metal. Hints of Stratovarius and Sonata Arctica are found but slightly more progressive and darker. Acoustic guitar and keys keep it interesting as do tempo changes and progressive song structures. Icewind are an icy blast of fresh air with a storming entry into a very popular (crowded?) genre. Recommended!
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