MIDWINTER - The Glassy Waters

Midwinter - The Glassy Waters

11 songs
50:05 minutes
***** **
Manitou / Thundering

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The Glassy Waters is the second CD by Midwinter, a French symphonic power metal band which should not be confused with the German black metal band sharing the same name. The cover artwork is an aesthetic photograph of only nineteen year old singer Mylène Genoux who‘s not only looking cute, but also has an impressive voice.

The album starts with a four minute long intro reminding me of Vangelis and Jean-Michel Jarre. The first regular track Seed Of Pain is prog metal with occasional darker gothic vocals. When Mylène is using higher notes, her voice reminds of Edenbridge’s Sabine Edelsbacher. The Cripple has lots of breaks and a catchy chorus. The vocals are a bit bizarre and maybe even a little clumsy, but that’s making them also quite unique. Illusion is the album’s most dramatic track and comparisons to Lana Lane are unavoidable. One Day You’ll Set In The Land Where You Belong is a midtempo track with a strong pop appeal, although there are some male growls at the end of the track. One In A Hole seems to be a rather traditional symphonic metal track, but there’s an unexpected mistreatment of the instruments later on in the song. The Silence Of Your Eyes is a wonderful song where male and female vocals are harmonizing in a perfect way.

Unfortunately at this point, you can stop listening to the record. The Guns n' Roses cover version Sweet Child O’Mine annoys with penetrating keyboards and fragile vocals that don’t fit. My Fury starts like a Nightwish clone before showing a more acoustic and folky face. The last track Atmosphere is a boring esoteric outro.

What I like about this record is the fact that it’s never sounding perfect. You hear that the musicians are amateurs and that a lot could have been done in a better way. But this DIY attitude gives the music wonderful charm which I prefer to another Nightwish clone. It’s a pity that the album suffers on its last third an enormous drop of quality, but the musicians are still young and have the talent of going much further in their future.

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