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   WINDS
The Imaginary Direction Of Time
2002
The End Records
http://www.winds.ws


rating: 4/5

1. What Is Beauty
2. Sounds Like Desolation
3. Theory Of Relativity
4. Visions Of Perfection
5. Fireworks Of Genesis
6. Under The Stars
7. A Moment For Reflection
8. Time Without End
9. The Final End
10. Beyond Fate
11. Silence In Despair
12. Infinity

I first got in touch with Winds when they released "Reflections Of The I" and now their third album "The Imaginary Direction Of Time" once again enchants me. "What Is Beauty" ask Winds with their first track and I think with their album they gave the answer themselves.

The band didn't change their formula with which they beautifully combine (prog) metal with classical music. This truly is classical metal! There's not just some strings and piano added somewhere to give the music a classical feel, the classical elements are throughoutly embedded into the music. And we're talking a real string section here, not just a synthetic one! :) There are few acoustic passages that remind me of Opeth's work on "Damnation" but mostly this is simply Winds.
Wind's music naturally is not really of headbanging quality although there's plenty of great guitar work on "The Imaginary Direction Of Time", not to mention Hellhammer's tasteful drumming. The music is pretty doomy and mid-paced for the most part with the piano being another important component to the whole sound.
I personally don't dig the vocals too much although they are dark and smooth enough to be pleasant to listen to. You won't find a single growl on this album but plenty of nice vocal harmonies instead. Still, to me the vocals are the weakest part unfortunately.

If you know Wind's previous effort(s) and liked it you are guaranteed to like this one also. If you have never heard what Winds are like, do yourself the favour and check them out!
submitted by Cora 08.05.2004

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