It was only last year that WINTER’S EDGE officially became a band. It was initially started as a solo project by guitarist Jeremy Lawler in the year 2009. It was set up to feature different musicians from around the world.
Those years have seen them experiment with their sound; include talent from the underground metal scene and line-up changes. After a two-year break, they have worked tirelessly to bring forth their latest release “The Guardians Of Our Time Pt.1” It shows listeners a solid collection of songs that will open more doors for the band regarding their career and their already huge sound has the potential to grow further. It also shows that the band are back and they mean business.
The album gets off to a promising start with the intro tracks Open Worlds and Guardians Of Our Time; Open Worlds is the atmospheric instrumental that has the listener glued and intrigued right away. Guardians Of Our Time gives the listener a first glimpse of the talent that is to be expected on the album; from the versatile vocal work of Charlotte Jones to the pounding drum work from Ed Anderson.
Across the album, it is clear why over the years their fan base has grown very quickly. The versatile selection of songs on the album showcase what WINTER’S EDGE have to offer in terms of musical talent and there is something about the band’s sound that makes someone want to be a better version of themselves.
The pounding rhythm alongside the dominant riff in Path Of Desperation ensures that the listener is ready and willing for what’s to come next. The fist pumping energy the track gives off is infectious and will bring you to life in a recorded or live setting.
Dying Star is a beautiful ballad that initially makes the listener think they will be taking a break from the ground-breaking distortion. Don’t be fooled, this is a deception. It doesn’t make the ballad any less stunning, in fact it adds to this great track. The growls alongside the clean vocals in this track work together well, showing the vast range of Charlotte Jones’ vocals.
It ends on an excellent note with In The End and Through The Ferryman’s Eyes. The former provides one last blast of the bands talent before the latter brings the album to a close with an atmospheric interlude. The song contains excellent guitar work, vocal talent and some great musicianship.
Long-time fans of the band will know that The Ferryman has had great significance throughout the band’s career. The title of their first album was The Ferryman’s Eyes so it is great to see a reference to their previous material and that they haven’t forgotten their roots.
By the end of the album, you are left wanting more. You are not ready for it to end. The Guardians Of Our Time Pt.1 marks a triumphant return from WINTER’S EDGE. Keep your eyes peeled and ears out for them; you would be a fool to miss them!