Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Formed in 2003, the Italian Symphonic Power Metal band Winter Haze released their debut album “The Storm Within” in 2009. Now this powerful metal force returns with a new four song EP “Silent Deception”. The opener “Cross the Sea” begins some smooth jazz saxophone. A rarity for metal albums for sure, as the song transforms into a mid-tempo track, with heavy guitar riffs and a cool melody. The pace speeds up for the next track “Vacuum”, the song displays a thrash metal intensity and female vocals Giorgia turns In a stunning performance – as she does throughout the duration of this EP. She is also joined by extreme male vocals on this track. “Silent Deception” is up next and another great mid-tempo track. Once again Giorgia is joined by extreme male vocals on this one. For this song she runs the gamut of soaring metal vocals and operatic vocals, she really does have a diverse singing style and sounds comfortable with each technique. “Silent Deception” is far and away my favorite song and one of the best songs that Winter Haze has ever done. It has so many layers, nuances and changes to it and it is just phenomenal. The symphonic final track “The Watchmaker” closes out the EP on a serious high. The 4-songs and 17-minutes provided by Winter Haze on “Silent Deception” is pure metal at its finest. Winter Haze puts their heart and soul into their music and the result is this excellent EP.

Rating – 90/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Cross the Sea
  2. Vacuum
  3. Silent Deception
  4. The Watchmaker

 

Line Up

  • Giorgia Marra – Vocals
  • Gianluca de Lillo – Guitars
  • Stefano Bottarelli – Keyboards & Vocals
  • Lorenzo “Low” Solazzi – Bass
  • Matteo “Theo” Rossi – Drums & Vocals

 

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