|Review: Winterage - Winterage|
Year released: 2011
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: March 25, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)
Italy's Winterage have managed something on their six-song, self-titled EP few Symphonic Metal bands can claim to have done; they don't sound exactly like everyone else playing this style. That is not to say the songs on Winterage aren't immediately recognizable as Freedom Call/Heavenly-styled "happy" Power Metal, because they are. It also shouldn't be assumed the writing is unique, because it isn't. In fact, some of the riffs sound the same from song to song. Where Winterage diverts from the standard formula is in the vocals and instrumentation. Only two of the six songs have any singing at all, and those are mainly combined choruses of male and female vocals that sound more like Slavic Folk than Power Metal. Instead of vocal lines, most of the tracks feature a main melody line courtesy of violinist Gabriele Boschi. The vocals are a weak spot, as they aren't that great, but the rest of the performances are quite good, especially that of guitarist Riccardo Gisotti. His guitar sounds loose and warm, quite different from the cold, precise sound typical of Power Metal. What you end up with is Symphonic/Folk/Happy/Power Metal. It sounds like a mess, but it isn't. These guys know what a Power Metal song should sound like, even if there are no words.
Winterage, the EP, is a solid effort from a relatively young band (formed in 2008). Winterage, the band, is only a talented singer and a bit more variety in songwriting away from something special.
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