WINTERS BANE – Redivivus

WINTERS BANE - Redivivus


Metal Heaven
Release date: July 9, 2006

User Review
0/10 (0 votes)

Ohio, USA-based Winters Bane started their career back in the early 1990s, and they have made themselves an established name in the underground Metal scene. In 1993 they released their debut album Heart Of A Killer with Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest, Iced Earth) handling the vocals. In 2000, Century Media Records re-issued the album as a 2-CD set, which made many new Winters Bane fans.

After Owens left the band, St. Paul, the founder and lead guitar player, took over the vocal duties for the album GIRTH, their heaviest album. Winters Bane kept searching for a frontman; they wanted a man with the vocal abilities that Tim Owens had. After many years, they found Alexander Koch (ex-Spiral Tower, Powergod). Today, Winters Bane has their most powerful lineup, consisting of: Alexander Koch (vocals), Jeff Welch (bass), Mark Cross (drums, ex-Helloween), and Lou St. Paul (guitars). Their brutally exciting mix of European Power Metal and New Wave Of American Heavy Metal is proven with their new album Redivivus.

Redivivus is one of those albums where there is something missing, but it still works. It could have been pure genius, but instead it just has to settle with being great. The album was produced by Curran Murphy (ex- Nevermore, Annihilator) and Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Helloween, Glyder), a combination that suits the album well.

The album opens with “Seal the Light,” setting the mark for the rest of the album … energetic guitars, driving drums, and Alexander Koch’s amazing vocals — he sounds like a combination of Bruce Dickinson and Michael Kiske — wide range and a rawness you don’t find all that often.

The third cut from the album, “The World,” shows a band that masters the art of Progressive Metal; a dark song about how humans consume more than they need. Another highlight on the album is “Remember To Forget” … the riffs sounds a lot like Trivium, and the beat is great for headbanging! “Waves Of Fury,” an aggressive fist of Metal, as angry as Power Metal gets, has superb harmonies within the classic-type chorus, which works great with the more raging verses. Amazing too are the lead guitars in the outro. The album closer, “Despise The Lie,” is a fast Metal piece, which has a sound and feel to it like Helloween’s Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II. It is a perfect closer, ticking in at 3:30 … your only wish may be that it was longer.

Winters Bane Redivivus consists of 9 blistering songs, totaling 40 minutes of very solid and worthwhile Metal.


  • Frode Kilvik

    Frode Kilvik was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio, based out of Sotra, an island west of Bergen, Norway. He's been a music lover all his life, and Metal has always been his main passion. He grew up, listening to Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Metallica, etc., and it gave him a hunger and an addiction to explore and find new acts in the world of Metal. Frode picked up the bass guitar when he was about 10 or 11 (Steve Harris was a huge influence) and has played in various Rock and Punk bands ever since. He was the bass player and vocalist for the Stoner Metal band Kraków, and is also playing bass in the Black Metal bands Gaahls WYRD and Aeternus!

    View all posts

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.