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  • 1. Priest, The
    2. Ten Digits to the Future
    3. Judgement Day
    4. Vision of the Wolf, A
    5. Ragnark
    6. Each Night We Die
    7. We'll Rise from the Dead
    8. Bloodshred
    9. Demise
    10. Oblivion
    11. End of the Longest Winter, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 126

  • Credits

    Personnel: Lars Thorbjrn Englund (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards); Michael Holm , Stella Tormanoff (vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Lars Thorbjrn Englund.
    Arranger: Lars Thorbjrn Englund.
    The self-titled Winterlong is the third release from this group of twenty-something headbangers from Europe. Guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Lars Thorbjrn Englund again writes all the tunes and has a hand in the arrangements on the 44-minute-and-24-second onslaught of sound, an 11-song collection that has its pluses and minuses. It appears from Englund's own website ( that Winterlong presents a somewhat revamped ensemble -- essentially "Thobbe" (Englund) and vocalist Mikael Holm generating new sounds with bass supplied by Erik Tornberg. The music crunches at a fast pace on a composition like "Ragnark," which follows the light and very satisfying instrumental "A Vision of the Wolf." This is a small but very musical crew, and if they integrate more of their rather technically proficient sounds with the head-knocking on future releases, Winterlong may evolve into an international contender. As complex and riveting as "Bloodshred" is, there is only so much speed metal one can take in a sitting. When a ballad like "Demise" follows, it truly shows the unit's strengths. A runaway rocker like "Oblivion" has that symphonic guitar style the group Boston perfected, only it comes at you at 90 miles per hour with consequences. The assault can be a bit much, and limiting. "The End of the Longest Winter" concludes the album, an excellent and moody moment which, at one minute and four seconds, is much too brief. ~ Joe Viglione

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