They are “futuristically medieval, neoclassically barbaric”, they are “considered North America's premiere symphonic extreme metal act” and they are from Texas. They are VESPERIAN SORROW and they have a new album out; ‘Stormwinds Of Ages’ was released today, April 24th, 2012 by The Path Less Traveled Records and can be listened to in full here (BandCamp) and via player available below. The album was recorded at VESPERIAN SORROW's own Amplitude Media Studios in Austin, Texas and produced, mixed, mastered and engineered by the band's own Kristoph (who was assisted by William). ‘Stormwinds Of Ages’ artwork was created by Jon Zig. Buy the album here (BandCamp) and here (Amazon):
“They [album's songs] are filled with riff-oriented thrashing madness that instills an “epic” feel, a broad range in extreme vocal styles, and varied drumming (from the typical blastfest of your average black metal band to bombastic beats). Also, it’s nice to finally hear a keyboardist who doesn’t feel the need to dominate the sound, but contribute to it. The songs seem to change mood as the album progresses. At times the aggression seems to reach out and take hold of the listener, while the symphonic elements help ease that anger. This game of cat and mouse extends well into the latter portions of the album, where songs like ‘Death She Cried’ take a much more majestic approach. VESPERIAN SORROW are careful not to venture into ethereal territory, allowing their melodies to take a walk without getting lost,” [wrote Troy Killjoy for Metal Storm – read the rest here:]
VESPERIAN SORROW: Stormwinds Of Ages
Formed in 1998 in Austin, Texas, VESPERIAN SORROW thus far released two full-length albums,1999's ‘Beyond The Cursed Eclipse’ and 2001's ‘Psychotic Sculpture’, through Holland's Displeased Records and self-released ‘Regenesis Creation’ in 2006. They have been featured on four compilation albums, including Metal Blade's ‘Blackened V’.
VESPERIAN SORROW features: Donn Donni – vocals, Kristoph – drums and keyboards, William – guitar, JZD – guitar, Subverseraph – keyboards and Justin M - bass