The late 90’s and early 2000’s were dominated by the American nu-metal scene with fans in baggy jeans, hoodies and spiked short hair sneered at anything that wasn’t scaring their parents. Outside of this rampant media arse-licking, bands flew their flags high and proud against this onslaught with one such band being Stormwind who raised their banner for power metal and now, their last studio album ‘Rising Symphony’ has been remastered and reissued.
‘Rising Symphony’ may not often be thought of as the definitive Stormwind album, but this is a band that dug its heels in and showed that heavy metal was not dead during this period, it was alive and well if you knew where to look. What the listener gets here is some top quality power metal from this era with flashes of neo-classical that not only touch base with the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen, Gamma Ray and Stratovarius, but also nods towards melodic rock elements here as vocalist Thomas Vikström soars like Michael Kiske one minute and another like Joey Tempest in the early Europe days, particularly during ‘Excalibur’, ‘River of Love’ and the the spectacular Queen cover ‘White Man’.
It is sad that Stormwind do not get mentioned in the same breath as HammerFall, but dig in with this reissue and the listener will see that this period in heavy metal history had more than enough bite and ‘Rising Symphony’ proves that.
It is sad that Stormwind do not get mentioned in the same breath as HammerFall
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