Hailing from Finland, Winterborn offers us their unique European-style power metal on their 2009 release, Farewell to Saints. Every part of this album is well crafted and put together. Each instrument is equally great; vocalist Teemu Koskela has an excellent range, bass and drums excel in the background and every guitar solo is fantastic. Another strong point of Farewell to Saints are the vast number and quality of the each riffs used. Specifically, in 'Seven Deadly Sins' and 'Emptiness Inside', the riffs are quite catchy and give the songs a very distinctive power metal sound.
The album begins with 'Black Rain'. It serves as a good intro track and gives the listener an idea of what is to come. The second track, 'Chaos Dwells Within,' continues the power metal and contains the best guitar solo on the album. Further along, 'The Winter War' is a great example of Teemu Koskela's strong vocal and lyrical capabilities as well as strong drum work by Lauri Bexar. As the album closes, 'Nightfall Symphony,' 'Last Man Standing,' and 'Another World' are all very strong songs, especially, 'Another World' which ends the album on a high note.
Overall, no one can expect Winterborn to light the world on fire with Farewell to Saints but what is there is too good to be ignored. Every component is well defined in and of itself and I can find no particular complaints. Highly recommended for those who love everything power metal.
No one can expect Winterborn to light the world on fire with 'Farewell to Saints' but what is there is too good to be ignored. Every component is well defined in and of itself and I can find no particular complaints. Highly recommended for those who love everything power metal.
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