Floridian based Symphonic/Progressive Metal quartet Winter Calling bring the drama in spades on their sophomore record Faces. Memorable vocal sections, enthralling guitar solos, and otherworldly precision abound. Fans of Evergrey and Symphony X will have no problem connecting with the kindred aesthetic offered up on this record. In addition, the songwriting chops and seasoned sound are cut from the same cloth as gothic/power/progressive metal acts like Katatonia and Paradise Lost.
Porcupine Tree guitarist John Wesley bolsters an already outstanding sound with his work on Faces track Not Like You. Winter Calling effortlessly showcase their audio power on this track shifting from head spinning progressive rock to symphonic power metal with a massive chorus. The band blatantly disregard tropes of their genre by closing the track with an absolutely gorgeous and seemingly unrelated classical guitar section.
Drummer Wayne Hoefle’s piano and keyboard contributions serve to add additional beauty to Faces. His tasteful playing during the intro of A Different Tune perfectly accompanies the emotive range of vocalist Chris Hodges. Hoefle and Hodges use this dynamic to great effect again and again on this record particularly during standout track A New Me A Few Me. Hoefle’s background in film and television scoring is apparent in these arrangements which he so expertly crafts.
Faces aims to stimulate the listeners spirit and intellect simultaneously. Album closer My Own Way does just that and serves as a launchpad for guitarist Ian Medhurst’s exceptional, stratospheric, thematic passages. Winter Calling will without question make a fan out of any listener inclined towards artful, epic, progressive rock.
Release Date: August 5th, 2016
For Fans Of: Evergrey, Symphony X, Katatonia, Paradise Lost