Winds - Reflections of the I

Winds Reflections of the I cover
Winds
Reflections of the I
The End Records
2002
9
Winds, for those who not know them, are an excellent and talented band from Norway and the “Reflections of the I” is their second (they released a mini CD in May 2000 - and this is their official debut full-length album) release. They officially took shape back in 1998 from members who used to play, or still play, in other famous bands such as Arcturus, Mayhem, and more. No question mark over their executive abilities (Hellhammer on the drums is a guarantee for real strange-progressive-heavy music!!!) and the music they play is a combination of many metal styles along with classical music.
 
They remind me of the other great Norwegian band Arcturus (only as a feeling - not in the music part) but Winds push their music to the edge! They don’t hesitate to utilize stringed instruments in their songs for a more depressive atmosphere, invite members from the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, put classical piano and combine all those elements with paranoid progressive guitar riffs and clean majestic vocal melodies! The good thing is that they manage to create some really dark emotional hymns like “Realization”, “Existence”, “Continuance” (with the fantastic epic bridge) and the extraordinary, dark-sentimental and progressive super-song of the album “Passion’s Quest” (where the use of the cello and the violin create dark emotions!).
 
This album will impress anyone who will listen to it for the first time, and as long as you keep listening to it, you will find out many more musical surprises this album hides! Maybe it will sound strange to all of you if I say that this album is a masterpiece but it is the truth and… I can’t be more straightforward!!! A must for the metal fans. Don’t miss the chance to travel into strange and dark places by listening to this album!