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Review: Elend - Winds Devouring Men
Elend
Winds Devouring Men

Label: Prophecy Productions
Year released: 2003
Duration: 60:18
Tracks: 10
Genre: Gothic Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: June 21, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
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Winds Devouring Men

Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)
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I don’t know a lot about this band other than what the promo material mentions. This band has members from both Austria and France. They have been around since the early 90’s and this is their fifth album to date.

This is some pretty hard music to put in a neat little genre but if I had to I would say this mainly gothic style. The reason it is so difficult is because of all the other influences running through the entire length of the album. It is very orchestral and atmospheric and even has touches of industrial sounds here and there. This is one of those albums I have to be in the mood to listen to since it is so different than most of things in my collection of music. Where other bands use atmosphere for a background type of effect this band use it as a integral part of the overall sound. There are trumpets, violas, trombones, violins and keyboards all adding to the atmosphere. The vocals are clean with both male and female on different songs as well as some spoken word parts that sound like they are spoken in French and even all of this added to the overall sense of atmosphere. Hell there is no real drumming on this album it almost feels like a dark and dreary kind of soundscape but somehow it really drew me in. I ordinarily don’t care for this type of music but maybe I was just in the right mood to really get what the band was trying to do. Now I can't say this is something that will get stuck in my CD player but on dark and rainy days this would be a perfect soundtrack.

Overall the album kind of won me over. I wasn’t expecting to like it but it really grew on me as I sat back with the headphones on and really let it sink in. I will say however this is not an album for everyone but if you like the atmospheric gothic sound or have an open mind by all means check this one out. Recommended.


Track Listing:
  1. The Poisonous Eye
  2. Worn out with Dreams
  3. Charis
  4. Under War Broken Trees
  5. Away From Barren Stars
  6. Winds Devouring Men
  7. Vision is all that Matters
  8. The Newborn Sailor
  9. The Plain Masks of Daylight
  10. A Staggering Moon
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