Sage’s Recital – The Winter Symphony


Neo classical symphonic metal from Denmark with Neils Vejlyt (guitar, bass) as main man, together with John West (vocals) and Jakob Vand on drums. Besides the classical elements the songs are also rather progressive. It will not be a surprise for you that the guitar solos and riffs are outstanding and that fans of Yngwie and other neo classical guitar heroes will like this. After a typical neoclassical intro the song “Shooting Star” sets off. An uptempo track in Infinity Overture, Majestic, Yngwie style.

Besides the recognizable vocals of John West (Royal Hunt, Artension) also Fabio Lione helps out singing parts in the over 20 minute long title track. Other guest singers are Thomas Huberts and Sophia Schmidt. Especially the title track is very progressive and very variable, with orchestral elements, choir singing and piano parts. Because of the orchestral arrangements, the songs sound rather bombastic. I did not count the number of guitar solos, but it are many. I was not surprised by the music on this album, it was just what I expected from these musicians. The skills are fabulous, the execution perfect, but without surprises.

Readers who know other work from Neils know what to expect, compared with the first release ‘Sage’s Recital’ there aren’t a lot of new influences or differences. If you like that, you will like this also.


01. Overture
02. Shooting Star
03. Kings Of Old
04. The Crystal Sword
05. Queen Of the Winter
06. The Winter Symphony
07. Etude

Playing time: 44:17

Release date: 15 February, 2016

Label: Independent


Reinier de Vries
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Once a metal head, always a metalhead. My parents thought it would only be a period, but they were wrong. I quit to explain the beauty of metal music to others that are not into metal, because it is something you can't tell in words... It is like explaining to a teetotaller why a cold beer is so nice on a hot day... I started with bands like Accept, Metal Church, Iron Maiden and Metallica in the eighties and I think I will still listen to them when I'm stone deaf and old...

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