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How Like a Winter : ...Beyond My Grey Wake

While I wasn't overly impressed by this group's demo, it seems that they have found their niche this time. Their brand of melodic and accessible doom/gothic is certainly not a landmark in the history of extreme metal; nevertheless it contains enough catchy hooks, beautiful melodies and riffs to be able to steal the heart of the romantic souls.

Opener 'A Flower that Sears in Silence' contains a memorable 'fake violin' hook which however reminds in a suspicious way of a particular track of Celestial Season's debut album. Vocalist Dust has a convincingly deep throat similar to the low growls of the 'Bride's Aaron. His brutal vocals are complemented by the ethereal chants of female vocalists Tragedy and Misery (yes, I do believe that they could have done without the lame member pseudonyms).

The other tracks are fortunately not as blatantly similar to the genre's better-known bands and they also offer some memorable moments, courtesy of Dust's beautiful piano interludes and orchestral arrangements. Oddly enough, my personal highlight is the piano only instrumental 'Who is Hiding', which seems to be inspired directly by the tradition of the great classic romantics.

Not much more left to say. In this particular genre, I lost every hope to hear something original and innovative long time ago, so I assess the bands by their ability to blend their influences in such a way that they move me emotionally. In my opinion, How Like a Winter does this really well. Therefore I can recommend them freely to fans of emotional, yet accessible dark metal.

Band contact: howlikeawinter@hotmail.com

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. A Flower that Sears in Silence
2. All the Seasons of Madness
3. Laying Together Again
4. Bescreen'd
5. Who is Hiding (instrumental)
6. Crucifige
8. The Night, then hiM
9. So Death Would Be Just a Bad Dream (instrumental)

Duration : Approx. 59 minutes

Visit the How Like a Winter bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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