TWILIGHT FORCE – At The Heart Of Winter

Twilight Force - At The Heart Of Wintervale - Artwork
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Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release date: January 20, 2023

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The 4th full-length album from the Swedish Symphonic / Power Metal group Twilight Force; a band that perform under their Live Action Role-Playing monikers, and wear costumes on stage that mirror their lyrical themes. They self describe their sound as “Adventure Metal”, and early role-playing games like Heroes of Might & Magic and table-top role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons as inspiration for their appearance.

The Album

TWILIGHT FORCE – At The Heart Of Winter is one of those Power/Symphonic Metal albums that offers loads of orchestration, constant flying double bass drums, and larger than life anthems. While listening, one is inclined to break out their old Dungeons & Dragons game and dive straight into some serious fantasy role playing. The album includes full orchestral versions of 2 of the tracks, and narration to keep the story telling aspect moving, and connect the songs into a storyline.

Final Notes

Fans of Heavy Metal music based on Fantasy Role Playing games will enjoy TWILIGHT FORCE – At The Heart Of Winter. The album is well produced, and the musicianship is top notch. Overall, it’s definitely an adventure set to Symphonic Power Metal, that brings the feel and essence of a fantasy world of dragons, wizards and warriors to the listener. Fans of the genre will find plenty to enjoy with At The Heart Of Winter, so grab your LARP costume, a bottle of mead and your 20 sided dice, and crank it up!

Twilight Force - band photo.


Born – bass
Lynd – guitars
Blackwald – keyboards, strings
Aerendir – guitars
Allyon – vocals
De’Azsh – drums

At The Heart Of Winter – Tracklist

  1. Twilight Force
  2. At the Heart of Wintervale
  3. Dragonborn
  4. Highlands of the Elder Dragon
  5. Skyknights of Aldaria
  6. A Familiar Memory
  7. Sunlight Knight
  8. The Last Crystal Bearer
  9. The Sapphire Dragon of Arcane Might is Back Again
  10. Skyknights of Aldaria (orchestral version)
  11. The Last Crystal Bearer (orchestral version)


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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