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Review: Winters Bane - Heart of a Killer
Winters Bane
Heart of a Killer

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 1993
Duration: 49:19
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: September 18, 2006
Reviewed by: Sirliftsalot48
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Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)

Winters Bane will probably be best known as the band that Tim "Ripper" Owens started with before Judas Priest and later Iced Earth. This album will show people why Ripper was picked to be Halford's stand in while he was gone from Judas Preist.

Winters Bane's sound can be described in one word; Painkiller. This is complete Painkiller Priest. Those of you that don't know what that sounds likeā€¦OK everyone knows what Painkiller-era Priest sounds like. This hits that sound to a teat, only with a bit thrashier guitar tone. The guitars are good and crunchy. Drumming and bass get the job done nicely without being unexpectedly excellent. The highlight of this album is without a doubt, the lyrics and vocal performance by Ripper. He pulls off a pitch-perfect Halford with a dash of King Diamond thrown in. I knew he was good, but hearing him on this album just showcases him. The lyrics are excellent. The album is a concept album about a man, Cohagen, who receives a heart transplant. There's a catch though, it's the heart of a killer, surprise, surprise. Listen to the album to get all the details of the story, it's really good though.

This album is a great album, perfect for fans of Painkiller, Primal Fear, and King Diamond. While not being original in the least bit, it is still an excellent album with a great story. It's not original, but it still rules and pushes Ripper to godlike vocal ranks only achieved by the likes of Halford and King Diamond.

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