Winterlong - Valley Of The Lost (Lion Music) - Back
Hailing from Sweden, Winterlong has released an album that may project them to one of the more well know metal bands. Their sound is a mix of progressive and power metal. In some instances they sound like Iron Maiden and at others like Yngwie Malmsteen. With that said, you might find it hard to believe that the average age of the band members twenty and that they have only been together since 1998. They also recently won "Band of the Year" in their hometown, Kalix, Sweden. Pretty much all of the tracks on this ten song forty-four minute plus CD are written quite nicely. A few of my favorite tracks include "Winterlong," the title track "The Valley of the lost," The Water Spirit," and "Mystery of Life," but it is hard to pick. My favorites change day to day. Now that these four young musicians are recording music with the sound of year of experience, imagine where they will be in ten to fifteen years from now. These guys have a promising future.

Rating: 89