This has a lot of good
potential going for it, at least instrumentally - the riffs might not be the
most original and it may have a melancholy tone that is a little overbearing at
times, but that isn't a problem.
A lot of emphasis has been given to guitars and vocals and it makes the album
suffer a little. The drumming and bass sounds are very formulaic and neither
gets a chance to shine.
The main problem with this album is the vocals. They really do not fit the music
at all. Only the way they are sang. A lot of thought has gone in to the actual
words, it's just not sang in a way that suits the music. When they're trying to
be dark and creepy, or mysterious, it doesn't work. It sounds like my voice
would when I haven't been getting enough to drink.
Also a lot of the tracks start exactly the same way and it gets pretty boring. A
clean melodic guitar intro with soft sang (or badly whispered) lyrics before
A high point on the album is a wonderful orchestration called 'Speed Of Dark'
but Born Of Fire do not capitalize on building this great instrumental piece
beyond one minute and eight seconds. Much could have been achieved here, instead
of making the title track a 5 minute struggle absent any innovation. Although,
to be fair, maybe the fact that it is so short represents the very point they
are trying to make given the title is 'Speed Of Dark'. It still doesn't stop me
thinking they may have done better to elaborate on this track though.
I'm afraid the whole album is at best listenable, but not something that stands
out. Their press release calls them a power metal band and maybe they are, I
have never heard their other material, but Dead Winter Sun is almost completely
devoid of anything that could be realistically called power metal, except for
'When Hope Dies', which is easily the best track on the album but again let down
by vocals that just don't sound right.
Having said all that, there are clearly some high points that cannot be ignored.
The guitar prowess is admirable and is used very well and in the right places to
add a much needed kick to songs that would otherwise not be worthy of note, and
the vocal harmonies and backing vocals outclass the lead vocals in almost every
instance. There is talent here without a doubt, but it isn't taking the right
Dubbed as 'refreshingly unique and modern', I'm sorry to say this is neither.