Somewhere in the nether regions of the Alps, a five-piece group known as Wind Rose orchestrated the album entitled “Wintersaga” by using chisels, nature, and skulls of the enemies as they drink from the blood of their victims.  This album deserves consideration for album of the year in the power metal genre.

Out of Italy, Wind Rose is composed of the following warriors:  Francesco Cavalieri on vocals, Claudio Falconcini on guitars, Federico Meranda on keyboards, Cristiano Bertocchi on bass, and Federico Gatti on drums.  They combine their love of the middle ages, dwarves, folk, and power metal to create one of the most joyous party albums in the power metal genre.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure how to take Wind Rose when I initially watched their video for “Diggy Diggy Hole”, but if you’re into swigging ale out of a goblet while jamming to some power metal, then this band is for you.  This band takes you on an mythical journey with the opening introductory track entitled “Of Iron And Gold”.  This track showcases their prowess as they showcase their orchestral power.  It’s plain to see why this Minecraft anthem got famous!

The title track showcases the orchestral prowess of Meranda on keys while Cavalieri seems to showcases classical range in his vocals.  This track sound so epic that it can belong on a Broadway stage or at a metal festival in the same token.  In the chorus, Bertocchi on bass and Gatti on drums really shine in the rhythm section.

Then, you get into tales of mythical dwarves drinking in the track “Drunken Dwarves”, which seems to combine middle age folk music with today’s power metal.  The track provides the imagery of gnomes and dwarves swigging ale out of goblets while telling the tales of yesteryear as this song is the anthem of their lives.  Tracks like “Mine Mine Mine” and “The Art Of War” provides imagery that chariots and warriors are charging forward as the warriors drink the blood of their victims out of gem-encrusted goblets.

If you like tales that seem to derive from World of Warcraft, the Middle Ages, or mythical dwarves, then Wind Rose takes those tales and turns it up to 11 as they pillage and plunder the power metal scene by storm with “Wintersaga” like the warriors that they are.  Madness To Creation gives this a 9 out of 10 stars.  Check out the track listing below:

“Wintersaga” by Wind Rose:

  1.  Of Iron And Gold
  2.  Wintersaga
  3.  Drunken Dwarves
  4.  Diggy Diggy Hole
  5.  Mine Mine Mine!
  6.  The Art of War
  7.  There and Back Again
  8.  The King Under the Mountain
  9.  We Were Warriors

Wind Rose will be on tour with Gloryhammer and Beast In Black in the U.K. Check out the gig dates below:

Fri. 10/18- Heaven in London

Sat. 10/19- Club Academy in Manchester

Sun. 10/20- SWX in Bristol

Tue. 10/22- The Mill in Birmingham

Wed. 10/23- Rescue Rooms in Nottingham

Thu. 10/24- The Academy in Dublin

Fri. 10/25- Slay in Glasgow

Sat. 10/26- Church in The Mighty City of Dundee

Wind Rose will be on a European winter tour with Gloryhammer and Nekrogoblikon.  Check out the gig dates below:

Fri. 1/17- Grohe Freiheit in Hamburg, Germany

Sat. 1/18- Turbinenhalle II in Oberhausen, Germany

Sun. 1/19- Trix in Antwerp, Belgium

Tue. 1/21- Garage in Saarbrucken, Germany

Wed. 1/22- Festsaal Kreuzberg in Berlin, Germany

Thu. 1/23- Hirsch in Nuremberg, Germany

Fri. 1/24- LKA Longhorn in Stuttgart, Germany

Sat. 1/25- Backstage in Munich, Germany

Sun. 1/26- Gerb De Nobel in Leiden, Netherlands

Tue. 1/28- Trabendo in Paris, France

Wed. 1/29- Le Metronum in Toulouse, France

Thu. 1/30- Mon in Madrid, Spain

Fri. 1/31- Razzmatazz 2 in Barcelona, Spain

Sat. 2/1- Ninkasi Kao in Lyon, France

Sun. 2/2- Legend in Milan, Italy

Tue. 2/4- Musikzentrum in Hanover, Germany

Wed. 2/5- Batschkapp in Frankfurt, Germany

Thu. 2/6- Szene in Vienna, Austria

Sat. 2/8- Hellraiser in Leipzig, Germany

Fans can find WIND ROSE at the following locations:

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