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Review: Sage's Recital - The Winter Symphony
Sage's Recital
The Winter Symphony

Label: Independent
Year released: 2016
Duration: 44:17
Tracks: 7
Genre: Symphonic Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: May 21, 2016
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
The Winter Symphony

Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

Niels Vejlyt, the driving force behind Sage's Recital, wants his band to sound like Rhapsody of Fire a LOT. Every element of Symphonic Metal pioneered by the legendary Italian band has been done in over-the-top fashion from the nimble runs up and down the neck of Vejlyt's guitar to the pompous keyboard flourishes to the fantasy-based story line of dragons and swords. Too bad for fans of this style none of it comes together in any sort of coherent fashion. The songwriting on The Winter Symphony is a collection of ideas arranged seemingly at random. One minute everything sounds fine the next a vocal line or solo goes off on its own creating a disjointed listening experience. Not even the guest appearance of Symphonic Metal royalty, in the form of Fabio Lione on "The Winter Symphony", can give this album enough of a boost to make it worth your efforts to find it. No one should question the musical talent within Sage's Recital but The Winter Symphony proves that skill with an instrument in no way makes someone a songwriter.

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