9 / 10
"… recovers the most representative elements of Gothic Rock: thick voices, a well-defined sound that does not become too slow or too fast with different musical nuances … if you are a lover of Gothic Rock in its most classical stage, this EP will be to your liking."
(Metal Gods TV)
12 / 15
"For initiator Teemu this EP closes a circle: With Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Ensiferum...), who basically only records organically analog, he had already recorded the demo of his very naive but also magical band Nattvindens Gråt in 1995. And it directly sparked again."
8 / 10
"There is definite similarities to the kind of 'pop/rock/metal' sound that GHOST has … a good EP, one built with thought and obvious care … their hard work is clearly obvious in the way that they, themselves, tell their own story and present their EP as a whole …"
"… solidly composed with enough variety and sparkle to keep them interesting and the analogue, old school production adds to this in my opinion … certainly was worth my time."
(Dutch Metal Maniac)
"... rocking and keyboard-heavy, atmospheric Gothic Metal with rough, slightly odd vocals, supported by heroic choirs in the choruses ... simple, but effective ... especially the beautiful lead guitars are pleasing ... fans of poppy Paradise Lost and Tiamat, but also of Finnish bands like To/Die/For, Entwine, Charon or Poisonblack, should risk an ear here ..."
"… remarkable … epic feeling … visceral and organic music not the plastic and perfect things some are used to."
"… on diverse ground, as 'Ashes' offers a more traditional heavy, a more epic approach, and a more gothic, as well as more rocky expression of three songs … the material is well executed and the experience of the authors is included …"
||Helsinki • Finland
||Atmospheric Gothic Metal
||September 11ᵗʰ, 2020
was founded in 2018 by Finnish songwriter Teemu Kautonen as a follow-up to his former band Nattvindens Gråt, which released three albums 1995-2000 and played a European tour in 1997. Teemu has also played with acts like Darkwoods My Betrothed, Furthest Shore and Wizzard.
WELKINS BOREAL's debut album 'Phantoms Of Yesteryear' was released in 2019 as Teemu’s solo effort. On the new EP "Ashes", the line-up was augmented with Aki Koponen on guitar and Toni Paananen as session drummer.
[ Artwork: Pavel Kurbanov • All4Band Design ]
"Ashes" contains three ATMOSPHERIC GOTHIC METAL songs that vary in style from the raw heaviness of 'Are You A Witch?' to the epic and progressive 'Triumph Of Steel' to the catchy melodic title track.
In fact, the EP features the first brand new songs Teemu has written since 2001, given that the debut album 'Phantoms Of Yesteryear' comprised of completely revised and re-recorded versions of old Nattvindens Gråt songs.
WELKINS BOREAL opted to record the EP in the old-fashioned style on magnetic tape with the apostle of analogue sound, producer/engineer Anssi Kippo at Finland’s legendary Astia Studio.
[ Pic: Mirkka Pihlajamaa ]
Everything on the EP is organic: no drum samples, no autotune, no amp simulators, no MIDI. Therefore, the playing and singing might not be perfect, but the producer and the band followed the philosophy of the feeling of the music outweighing robotic precision and a sense of danger being more interesting than predictable perfection.
The fundamental elements of the music are catchy rocking melodies, heavy guitar riffing, melancholic keyboards and baritone vocals. Fans of bands such as Sentenced, To/Die/For, Ghost and Charon should feel right at home with WELKINS BOREAL.
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