Wind Rose – Wardens of the West Wind ALBUM REVIEW

First off, as an aside, am I the only one who sees the cover of this album and immediately think of World of Warcraft? They got the font color, color scheme, medieval theme, the whole shebang. All they need are pandas and it’d be perfect.

Anyway, Wardens of the West Wind is painfully average in almost every way. Like, shockingly average. It has all the tropes you could expect a power/folk metal album to have, with none of the things that helps an album separate itself from the pack. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, power metal albums without riffs and melody lose all of their impact. Instead this album replaces it with relentless chugging and synth instruments that lack any sort of emotion whatsoever. That’s really the main issue with Wardens, there’s absolutely no emotion behind any of the music, it all seems so artificial and boring. In fact that’s actually why an album which I describe as average actually gets a much lower score, because normally even an average album has some redeeming qualities about it, while this has none and only has things that bring it down.

All in all, just another drop in the ocean of average, soulless power metal. Not worth considering unless you get off to anything remotely medieval related, in which case you’re better off just listening to actual medieval folk music, you’ll actually learn history that way.


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