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The Imaginary Direction of Time
June 2004
Released: 2004, The End Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

I loathe albums like this. It’s not necessarily that I don’t like Winds’ music, or even their image or something equally as trite. It’s that when it comes time to write about the disc, I have absolutely nothing to say. Instead, I’ll waste time talking about the band. Winds, you may remember is a supergroup of sorts, formed by various members of the European metal community, most notably a certain Mr. von Blomberg on drums. In 2002 they released the widely acclaimed REFLECTIONS OF THE I album, which was a jarring stylistic mix of metal, progressive, and various avantegarde musical ideas.

After a break where virtually nothing was heard from the band, they are back with this newest offering and follows on the same path as its predecessor with its kaleidoscope of genres. At the forefront are Lars Eric Si’s vocals, which are both dissonant and soothing, but always expressive. The rest of the band play along their twisted course, seemingly oblivious to the outside world, but almost never truly heavy. But then, that’s not the point of the band, is it? No. Rather, the band is quite successful at its chosen ideal: to play open music, rooted initially in metal, but far too aristocratic to lower itself to a vicious headbang for anything more than mere seconds.

That’s not to say that there aren’t some great moments on here, as the emotionally frantic “What is Beauty?” and “A Moment for Reflection” attest. However, try as I might, I find that I just can’t fully embrace the almost snooty music. There’s a certain flavor to this band that suggests that they somehow believe that they’re music is too above the average listener. That’s not to say that it’s not, because certainly the average music fan probably won’t dig this, but such obvious self-aggrandizing is annoying. Of course, once I hear a few of the hooks these guys come up with, I change my mind. Right, enough rambling. Open-minded listeners will find that there is much on offer from Winds. Just don’t come in expecting a simple riff-platter.
Track Listing

1) What is Beauty?
2) Sounds like Desolation
3) Theory of Relativity
4) Visions of Perfection
5) The Fireworks of Genesis
6) Under the Stars
7) A Moment for Reflection
8) Time Without End
9) The Final End
10) Beyond Fate
11) Silence in Despair
12) Infinity


Lars Eric Si: Vocals/Bass
Carl August Lidemann: Guitars
Jan Axel von Blomberg: Drums
Andy Winter: Keyboards



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