WINTERGARDEN - THE NEW VICTORIAN (Target/Mighty Music Records)
Wintergarden is a Danish band with two main members in the lineup: Miriam Gardner and Blake Gardner, in normal life husband and wife. With some additional musicians, they recorded their first full length album after the release of a couple of singles in the past. Darren Davis, Stephen Windlow and Ronnel Guyst helped with guitars, bass and drums and ‘The New Victorian’ will have a worldwide release on June 23rd 2014.
So far, so good, so let’s push the play button to find out what Wintergarden is all about. ‘Breathe’ is the first track and starts with heavy breathing to explode into a Pop-Rock song. Musical wise, there are a few Within Temptation influences, but they can’t reach the W.T. level. Wintergarden spent already many time in writing and composing, but there is still a long way to travel before they will reach the level of ‘classic rock tune’. The sound on this album is great, the vibe is present, but the quality of the songs need to increase. Opener ‘Breathe’ is probably the best song on the album, but people want to hear more classic rock tunes before they will become fan of the band. You can’t sell you product with only a smiling face on the front cover.
A track like ‘Cinderella’ is really poor and easy, same can be said about the track ‘Log On’, but luckily it’s all limited. Other tracks have a nice Lacuna Coil atmosphere, but the voice of Miriam Gardner is slightly different compared with Cristina Scabbia.
All in all, we must admit that there are a few (yes, only a few) great songs on this release, but people demand more; They want a classic album with great material, and compared with the ultimate wish, Wintergarden still needs maturity in their songs.
My rating: 71 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish