Reviewed: September 2000
Released: 1998, Wildfire Music
Ok. I know that this CD was released almost 2 years ago but I was just sent it by the band and since their new CD is not finished I will review this one. Winter Kill is a 5 piece band that was formed in 1991 by bass player Brent Sullivan. He recruited friend Randy Barron for the vocal slot and Jeff West on guitar. The lineup is now rounded out by Chris Kip on drums and A. Furgal on keys. Winter Kill released their first CD entitled A Feast For The Beggar in 1993. Freedom was then released in 1998. Winter Kill play classic metal with just a faint hint of powermetal and a some progressive elements thrown in for good measure.
Freedom is just chok full of metal. 12 songs that clock in at over an hour make this CD good bang for the buck. The thing is.. Are they good songs or just filler. Lets see. The disc opens with “Freedom”. This track features the battlefield speech from the movie Braveheart. The track itself is an ass kicker with a big gang chorus. Great song. “Tokyo’s Burning” features guest female vocals by Bree Eidner. This is one on the best songs on the CD. It’s a great mid tempo tune where Bree and Randy trade off vocals. Barron is no slouch in the vocal area and is very powerful. “Carnevil” opens with a nice acoustic guitar intro and then develops into a very progressive song. Barrons voice is perfect for this song. Powerful yet full of emotion. “The Awakening” is a mid tempo track that is another highlight of this cd. The more I listen to this song the more that I like it. “The Storm” is a classic, melodic metal tune. Again Barron’s vocals shine and Sullivan’s bass lays down a vicious groove. Other standout tracks are “You Anger Me” which is probably the heaviest track on the disc and “Leavn’” which closes the CD on a sombre note.
I was pleasantly surprised by this CD. When I first received it I popped it on for a few minutes but I wasn’t overly impressed. Then I finally had to dig it out to review it and I discovered what a great CD this is! What under the sun was I thinking the first time? Winter Kill are a great band that fuses classic metal with some progressive metal and a little powermetal. The production is tight and clean and the songs themselves are well written and of such a variety that each keeps the bands distinctive sound but proceeds to explore a variety of sounds. I give credit to Randy Barron for having the vocal abilities to carry this off perfectly. The whole band deserves credit for creating a CD of such high calibre and I look forward to hearing their new CD which will be available in the fall.
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