Sunday, January 4, 2015

CD Review: New Heavy Metal Music From U.K. Bands Winter In Eden And HeKz

From the U.K. comes the third album from the symphonic metal band Winter In Eden entitled "Court Of Conscience." The album follows a number of accolades that the band recently received including "Best Female Singer" and "Best Live Act." The album was released in October of 2014 and produced by Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation). The eleven song release begins with the grand power of "Knife Edge" as you are reacquainted with the amazing vocals of Vicky Johnson. Winter In Eden keep their edge with the metal riffs of "With Intent" and outstanding musicianship of "Order Of Your Faith." The mainstream rocker of "Before It Began"  and "The Script" are great first introductions to the music of Winter In Eden, before the album closes with the pulsating attack of "Behind Closed Doors" and the full orchestrated feel of "Affliction." To find out more about Winter Of Eden, please visit

Also from the U.K. comes the sophomore release from the British progressive metal band HeKz entitled "Caerus." The album was released in November of 2014 and features nine new original compositions, beginning with the excitingly energetic "Progress & Failure" as the music and the harmonies grab your attention. Their music takes on a heavier metal aspect with "Liberation" and "From Obscurity To Eternity," before heading into the epic twelve-minute journey of "The Black Hand." The musicianship is very mature for this young band as they never try to push too much onto the listener, while maintaining their musical strengths. The album closes with a couple of powerful numbers, the twelve-minute "Homo Ex Machina" and seventeen-minute "Journey's End." To find out more about HeKz and their latest release, "Caerus," please visit

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