Origin: Norway  
Genres: Progressive Metal
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Page online: September 27, 2004
Last update/review: September 12, 2007

Winds

Winds was initially conceived by pianist Andy Winter, who eventually fleshed out the band with three other members who have served time in such bands as Mayhem, Khold, Arcturus, The Kovenant, and others. Despite the impressive black metal pedigree, Winds is anything but black metal. Genre-wise, the best fit would be progressive metal, but Winds is not a typical prog metal band either, as there is very little emphasis on flashy musicianship or complex songwriting. Winds' style is instead a gentle, laidback, midpaced classically-influenced progressive style, with Winters' graceful piano work often the central focus. In Lars Eric Si, the band has the perfect vocalist to match the music -- his is a clear, unique midrange voice, not particularly powerful yet emotive in just the right way. The Imaginary Direction Of Time, the band's third and most recent album, is also their most adventurous, with a string quartet melding their work seemlessly with the rest of the band. The term "quiet metal" might sound like an oxymoron, but it's an apt description of what Winds is going for, and a most intriguing listen for those looking for a unique take on progressive metal.

Last Lineup

Lars Eric Si

vocals (ex-Age Of Silence, ex-Khold)

Carl August Tidemann

guitars (ex-Arcturus)

Andy Winter

keyboards (Age Of Silence, Sculptured)

Jan Axel Von Blomberg

drums (ex-Arcturus, guest for Dimmu Borgir, ex-Jorn, ex-The Kovenant, Mayhem, ex-Mezzerschmitt, ex-Thorns, ex-Troll)



Discography


Of Entity And Mind  EP
2001 Avantgarde
  1. Inception Perspective
  2. In All Reflections
  3. Bloodstained And Sworn
  4. Mirrored In Time
  5. An Eternity Of Dreams
  • Lars Eric Si
  • Carl August Tidemann
  • Andy Winter
  • Jan Axel Von Blomberg



Reflections Of The I  
2001 The End
  1. Clarity
  2. Realization
  3. Of Divine Nature
  4. Transition
  5. Passion's Quest
  6. Reason's Desire
  7. Premonition
  8. Remnants Of Beauty
  9. Existence
  10. Continuance
  11. Predominance
  • Lars Eric Si
  • Carl August Tidemann
  • Andy Winter
  • Jan Axel Von Blomberg



The Imaginary Direction Of Time  
2004 The End
  1. What Is Beauty
  2. Sounds Like Desolation
  3. Theory Of Relativity
  4. Visions Of Perfection
  5. The 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
  • Lars Eric Si
  • Carl August Tidemann
  • Andy Winter
  • Jan Axel Von Blomberg



Prominence And Demise  
2007 The End
  1. Universal Creation Array
  2. Distorted Dimensions
  3. The Grand Design
  4. When The Dream Of Paradise Died
  5. Fall And Rise
  6. The Darkest Path
  7. Convictions And Contradictions
  8. Where The Cold Winds Blow
  9. The Last Line
  • Lars Eric Si
  • Carl August Tidemann
  • Andy Winter
  • Jan Axel Von Blomberg




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