Winterage are a band from Italy that plays a very symphonic form of power metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "The Harmonic Passage" which will be released in February by Nadir Records.
Dark and melancholic sounding violins start off the album giving the music a classical music feeling and after awhile flutes find their way onto the recording giving the songs more of a medieval feeling when they are utilized and after the intro the music goes for more of a power metal direction while also mixing in the symphonic elements of the intro and some of the faster parts also bring in a small amount of blast beats.
Vocals when they are added into the music all power metal style singing and the music also has a folk metal feeling at times and the solos and leads that are utilized remain true to an old school style of power/speed metal while the synths also bring in progressive rock elements at times and the songs also bring in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast part and as the album progresses operatic female vocals can be heard on a few of the tracks along with a couple of power ballads and instrumentals while one of the tracks also brings in more of an aggressive vocal approach.
Winterage plays a style of power metal that is very heavy, melodic and modern sounding which they also mix in with symphonic and folk music to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark and fantasy themes as well as being written in both English and Latin.
In my opinion Winterage are a very great sounding symphonic power metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Harmonic Passage" "Son Of Winter" "Victory March" and "Awakening". 8/5 out of 10.