Wuthering Heights

Rating: 97/100

Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen, December '03 
Label: Locomotive Music
Style: Progressive Metal

Far From The Madding Crowd

Erik Ravn has taken Wuthering Heights a step further and written another great album, that has all the trademarks that I love from Wuthering Heights! And with the addition of vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors & Space Odyssey) he has hit the jackpot, because he fits the bill perfect.

Once more they've chosen to record the album with Tommy Hansen in his Jailhouse Studios in Horsens, and the result is once more excellent, without a doubt one of the best produced metal albums this Year, everything is crystal clear and balanced.

Musically we are treated with some celtic influences in addition to the well known Wuthering Heights progressive metal. After a nice intro with some bag-pipe, we get a typical Wuthering Heights opening track with the familar dominant guitar, a great chorus and Nils Patrik's great voice fitting in nicely we are off to 61 minutes of progressive metal par excellance. I love how they have incorporated the banjo in "Longing For The Woods, Part 1: The Wild Children" or take the melodic "Highlands Winds" with it's use of flute and bag-pipe, even the cover-version "The Bollard" is perfect for the album.

Hopefully this album gets the recognition it deserves, which sadly can't be said about their previous releases.
Both having scored high in the nineties with me, this their best album so far is also bound for a high rating, and I can only advice all to check this brilliant album out in January 2004.