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Northwinds : Masters Of Magic

I must admit when I first heard Northwinds the last thing on my mind was that they played Doom-metal. My immediate associations went out to, for example Jethro Tull mixed with Black Sabbath. Giving the album some more time, I must admit... I still don't think it's all that doomy at all. Riffing Doom rock with a strong 70's vibe and a paganistic feel to it, would be the best quick description I can come up with.

It's clear that the band has been inspired by Black Sabbath (just listen to a track like 'Lost Paradise'), but their overall sound is less dark and has a tendency to be more spacey. Remember those old space cartoons in the late 70's and early 80's? Where you always felt like they had transported the feel of that time directly into outer space? That is the feeling I get when listening to 'Masters of Magic'. It sounds like the 70's have been transported forward into time. Next to this the music also holds mystical and progressive elements.

Everything on this album combines to create some very relaxing and easy listening music. Enjoyable 70's prog. rock combined with sporadic doomish and 'Sabbath inspired riffing and a spaced out feeling. Some of the songs are sung in French as well, which should be no surprise as we are dealing with a French band. People who enjoy acts such as Pentagram, but also Witchfinder General, will probably really enjoy this release. I also think a lot of stoner fans will might enjoy this release, despite it not being "groovy". Its very relaxed and "Outer space/Medival" atmosphere however might appeal to fans of stoner rock as well.

As a final note I must say that I find the vocalist's voice to have a really soothing, almost hypnotic voice. He really for me lifts the entire album up to much greater highs then as what it would have been with an average vocalist.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Great Ancient
2. Over the Mountain
3. Lost Paradise
4. Entre Chien et Loup
5. Violet Rainbow
6. Broceliande
7. King of a Green Mountain
8. Dancing in Moonlight
9. The Book of Thoth

Duration : Approx. 63 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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