Neal Morse – The Dreamer, Joseph pt. 1

 Posted by on September 6, 2023 at 21:56  No Responses »
Sep 062023

Those into progressive rock should need no introduction to Neal Morse, but for the rest of us, some introduction would be helpful.  First off the presence of Steve Morse (Deep Purple) on many of Neal’s projects instantly made me curious being a longtime Deep Purple fan and then when you add in Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) also being involved in many of Neal’s projects, you start to get a picture of why the progressive rock tie exists and also the quality of people Neal can bring in. If we go back to 1992, Neal formed the prog rock band Spock’s Beard which went on to some acclaim followed by Transatlantic and after Neal’s conversion to Christianity, he formed several bands with Portnoy including Yellow Matter Custard, Flying Colors, and the Neal Morse Band.  Neal has released several concept albums about Christianity and Christian themes starting with Testimony (2003) and more recently, Jesus Christ the Exorcist (2019) and Sola Gratia (2020).  Prog rock aficionados will likely have also heard of Morsefest which started as a weekend festival at Neal’s local church in Tennessee and continued virtually through the Covid years and will be held live again this year.

For The Dreamer, Joseph pt. 1, Morse chose to cover the story of Joseph, who has quite the epic in the Bible (Genesis 37-50).  Joseph was the most beloved of Jacob’s sons and his jealous brothers sold him into slavery, where he ended up in Egypt but through remaining faithful to God gained the favor of his master only to be accused of attempted rape by his master’s wife after Joseph spurned her advances and ended up thrown into prison which is where Part 1 ends.  Part 2 will be released in 2024 and will conclude the story with Joseph gaining favor from Pharoah, essentially saving Egypt from starvation and also being reunited with his family when they come looking for food.  To create such an epic, Morse brought in a variety of vocalists for different parts such as Ted Leonard (Spock’s Beard), Matt Smith (Theocracy), and Jake Livgren (Kansas, Proto-kaw).  For some guitar help, Steve Morse and Eric Gillette join in on some tracks.

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Jan 042023

Following the recent reissues of their powerful classics Shadows Over Lothadruin and Wardens Of The West Wind, Italian dwarven metal band, Wind Rose, are excited to present a brand new video for their epic track ‘Army Of Stone’. Originally released on their 2022 album, Warfront, ‘Army Of Stone’ showcases the band’s unique blend of heavy riffs, soaring melodies, and epic storytelling. The song’s thundering drums and crushing guitars are sure to get fans headbanging, while the massive chorus and epic lyrics transport them to a mythical, middle earth-inspired fantasy universe.

Wind Rose states: “We are extremely excited to release the official videoclip for ‘Army Of Stone’. When we wrote the song, we were thinking about huge statues that recalled the times when the Dwarves fought their glorious battles, so we created a video that fits perfectly with the concept. This is the best way to celebrate the beginning of the massive European tour with Alestorm, Gloryhammer and Rumahoy, starting on January 6… Get ready for the best party of 2023.”

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Wind Rose – “Warfront”

 Posted by on July 8, 2022 at 00:01  No Responses »
Jul 082022

Just in time for the summer festival season in Europe, Wind Rose are back with all the bravado, metal bombast, and epic tales that we’ve come to expect over the last few years. “Dwarven metal” with its rousing choruses, epic feel, and folk metal touches is here to stay and Warfront is sure to further broaden their audience and satisfy their existing base.

Sometimes a band comes along that instantly grabs your attention and Wind Rose was one of those bands for me when I first received Stonehymn to review in 2017. Glancing at the album artwork and some of the song titles and seeing the band was from Italy, I was fully expecting something akin to European power metal, which is one of my favorite genres. I was genuinely surprised by their “Dwarven metal” with its epic choruses, singalong sections, simple, recognizable melodies, and sense of fun. While the band has been around for now since 2009, the Italian natives, have really come into their own with the release of Stonehymn in 2017 and the brilliant move of releasing a video for their cover of the Minecraft-inspired song “Diggy Diggy Hole”, which last I checked had over 30 million plays on YouTube…crazy large numbers for any act, let alone for some Italians signing metal songs of fantasy and looking like Vikings. To show that the success of “Diggy Diggy Hole” was no fluke, their second video off Wintersaga for “Drunken Dwarves is well over 5 million plays as of this review. The band itself has certainly worked its way up to this point, releasing eps and albums since 2010 and touring Europe with the likes of Wintersun, Epica, Ensiferum, and Eluveitie and has become a regular on the large festival scene.

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Jun 082022

This Friday (June 10), dwarven power metal unit, Wind Rose, are set to release their new album “Warfront” via Napalm Records. Today, the band releases a lyric video for the song, ‘Fellows Of The Hammer’. Watch the video below:

The five-piece from Pisa, Italy – which saw a massive breakthrough with their explosively viral reimagination of Minecraft-themed anthem ‘Diggy Diggy Hole’ (clocking in at over 30 million views on YouTube to date) – resurge with ten heroic songs to prepare for battle. Monumental opener ‘Of War And Sorrow’ makes way for gut-punching ‘Army Of Stone’, immediately getting your blood pumping when the power and folk metal infused hook kicks in – a feat Wind Rose deftly displays across Warfront. No matter how vast the storm, how frostbitten the winter cold, Wind Rose’s sense for sensational hooks and catchy riffs, topped by Francesco Cavalieri’s distinct voice, careens them to the forefront of their dark and sinister contemporaries without forfeiting their unique heaviness and grit.

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Apr 222022

After releasing their epic 2019 album of powerful tales and even more powerful riffs, Wintersaga, power metal’s mightiest dwarves, Wind Rose , return from the forge – hammering more anthems against the anvil on their new album Warfront, out June 10 via Napalm Records.

The dwarven power metal army marches onward with their new single ‘Together We Rise’ complete with solid, stomping riffs and heroic chants. Inspired by brotherhood and dwarven armies in combat, ‘Together We Rise’ truly stands out musically on the new album “Warfront.”

“’Together We Rise’ is a new, heavy piece of metal forged and smithed to the anvil; it comes from deep underground. It’s the sound of a thousand blacksmiths creating weapons for the biggest dwarven army of the century,” says Wind Rose.

Watch the music video for ‘Together We Rise’ below.

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