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Winter Dawn and 'By Embers Embraced' – absolute ear candy!

For such a "young" band, Winter Dawn has a lot of history – and no, I'm not going to burden you with a lecture of historic proportions! In short, rising out of the band Nightfall, this Swedish Neo-Classical outfit first appeared in 2007. After several line-up changes and re-organisations, the band we hear on 'By Embers Embraced' is stronger and fully developed.

What you will hear is a technically proficient musical ensemble steeped in classical meanderings. The band has a style bordering on Operatic, although WD have also flirted with some Progressive elements giving us a razor edged ocean of sound.



Despite their performance being technically perfect, there is another surprising component in WD's music. And what is that you ask? Put simply it is emotion! One can hear it in the music and one can hear it in the vocals. '...Embraced' is a complete symphony, with each piece – and there are eight – performed and sung with genuine emotion, showcasing the group's soul! Musical pieces such as 'A New Dawn', 'Rising Star' and 'Cape Farewell' are great examples of this magical forging; this is an album and recorded work that will keep you mesmerised. The song writing also has this magic, with all performances immersing you in to their "wall of sound". Each performance is a journey unto itself, and every composition stands on its own – but combined, we have such a diverse yet cohesive work that the music just surrounds you! For a good example of this, check out the two parts of 'The White Rose'.

Both lyrically and musically, '...Embraced' is serious "long-hair" music and in the most flattering sense! An absolute delight, plus this debut is one that holds together very tightly which is surprising as at one period the membership was like a revolving door! Thanks to the loving care and approach both the band and their producer have delivered a stellar album and one that is worthy of your hard earned money.

Winter Dawn and 'By Embers Embraced' – absolute ear candy!

Bruce E.J. Atkinson

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