||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