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Wingdom - 2005 Reality


WINGDOM - REALITY (2005, HIGH AND LOUD/THE 'A' LABEL)
Sami Asp - vocals
Jukka Ruotsalainen - guitars
Alessandro Lotta - bass
Markus Niemispelto - drums
Mikko Harkin - keyboards


Background
Wingdom are new to 2005. But let this not be a one-album wonder. I think this Finnish band could be on to something here, such is the thought-provoking experience that their debut album 'Reality' presents to us. They have a sound which is hard to describe. It is definitely in the progressive metal camp, but it is a far more rewarding experience than the typical hi-tech metal we've heard of late. The blend of soundscape/atmospheric keyboards-piano with heavy guitars is not new, but the way Wingdom deliver it, the results are stunning to say the least. The band are also the first outfit to be signed to Timo Kotilpelto's High And Loud Record label, where previously only Timo's solo albums were made available. The former Stratovarius singer was impressed with Wingdom's material, enough to give them a shot on his own label. He has good taste obviously. The band contain remanants of fellow Finnish band Sonata Arctica in Jukka Ruotsalainen and Mikko Harkin, while Lotta has previously played with Italian prog metallers Rhapsody. So, a pedigree is there, and I am sure in time, Wingdom could be creating a pedigree of their own such is the strength of 'Reality'. At times we toggle a musical switch between Dream Theater type imagery, and then back again into that world of Finnish prog metal so ably set by previously mentioned predecessors Stratovarius and Sonata Arctica.

The Songs
Prog metal fans on various discussion boards have debated whether Wingdom's sound is actually metal. I guess when you line it up against bands such as Opeth, Dimmu Borgir or Children Of Bodom like they have, then it probably isn't. But it isn't light and fluffy AOR either, so let me reassure everyone, Wingdom sit very comfortably in the prog metal camp, though at the lighter end of the scale. Certainly on tracks such as 'Tomorrow' which is an atmospheric delight, plus the delicate 'Everyday' - this might very well be the case. But elsewhere, excessive amounts of metal are served up.

In Summary
I have no hesitation in getting metal fans who walk the lighter side to check this excellent new band out, and enter the burgeoning new kingdom of Wingdom!

URL: www.wingdom.org
Track Time: 56.54

Track Listing:
01 Time
02 Where To We Go?
03 Marionette
04 A Sigh Of Despair
05 The Essence
06 Everyday
07 Never Stop
08 Tomorrow
09 Lighthouse
10 Lighthouse Pt 2

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