Stormwind - Resurrection


Year of Release: 2000
Label: Massacre Records
Catalog Number: MAS-CD 0250
Format: CD
Total Time: 45:59:00

Swedish guitar hero Thomas Wolf is at it again. His band Stormwind has just released their 4th album and the second to feature the same line-up as heard on last album Heaven Can Wait. Joining Thomas are Thomas Vikstr?m (Candlemass, Brazen Abbott, Talk of The Town), Kaspar Dahlqvist (Treasure Land, In Flames) and Patrick Johansson (Without Grief). Since the release of the last CD, Stormwind has signed to Massacre Records.

Resurrection follows the same direction as Heaven Can Wait, guitar-based melodic metal with some progressive elements. Thomas is of course all over the place with his blistering guitar playing, from crushing riffing to playful solos, all backed up by Vikstr?m's clean soaring mid-ranged vocals and Dahlqvist's subtle keys. The rhythm section makes a solid impression. The songs are just as strong as on the last album, if not better. It took some time to get into the songs actually. Initially I thought this album was rather mediocre, but as fine wine, this CD only gets better with time. There are great songs from beginning to end. The production has improved since last time, although I think Vikstr?ms' vocals are a bit too far in the background.

Fans of Scandinavian neo-classical metal bands as Nation and Majestic will have to look no further. Stormwind has made their best and most consistent release to date. Absolutely worth the money!

[This review originally appeared November 2002 at the ProgPower Online review site -ed.]


Tracklisting:
Phoenix Rising / Ship Of Salvation / Souldance / Seven Seas / Passion / Blinded Eyes / Synphonia Millenialis / Samuraj / Holy Land

Musicians:
Thomas Wolf - guitar
Thomas Vikstr?m - vocals
Kaspar Dahlqvist - keyboards
Patrick Johansson - drums
Andreas Olsson - bass

Discography:
Straight From Your Heart (1996)
Stargate (1998)
Heaven Can Wait (1999)
Resurrection (2000)
Reflections (2001)
Rising Symphony (2003)

Genre: Melodic Metal

Origin SE

Added: February 20th 2005
Reviewer: Bjørnar Bevolden
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Artist website: www.stormwind.nu
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Language: english

  

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