In: Through: Out

Artist: Winter's Thrall

Produced by: Unsigned

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

            In 1999, a new band came to fruition in London, England.  Known as Winterís Thrall, the bandís first EP, Superman, was picked up by Copro Records and was well-received with tracks appearing the UKís Metal Hammer and Italyís Psycho! Magazines.  Rising quickly in the UK metal scene, the bandís leader, Jez Ball, recognized the power of New Yorkís underground club scene and international atmosphere.  Thus, it was off to New York to find inspiration and greater exposure.

            Winterís Thrall recently produced a new four-track EP entitled In: Through: Out.  Lead singer, lyricist and musician Jez Ball with Nick Barker on drums recorded the EP in the U.K. with the production assistance of Greg Brimson and engineering assistance of Russ Russell.  I was drawn to this In: Through: Out after listening to Ride, the third track on the EP.  After that, I was hooked.

            The Winterís Thrall is described on their MySpace page as ďDark music for deep people.Ē  I couldnít agree more.  The music found on this EP is definitely dark in the style of Marilyn Manson or Gravity Kills.  The sound is electro-metal with definite dark musical undertones.  The vocals perfectly reflect the pain, anger and despair found in the lyrics on each track. 

            Ride reeled me in with the Gravity Kills electro-metal sound, but most of the album is Marilyn Manson-esque featuring lyrics that discuss loss of varying degrees.  The music serves to punctuate the feelings that go along with the loss described each of the songs.  My favorite example of this is the solo piano piece found at the end of Cold.  Haunting and lonesome, this is the perfect ending to aide in describing the emptiness and loneliness of love lost. 

            The final song on the EP, November, describes the feelings associated with the ultimate loss - death.  November, the last full month of Autumn, rings in the end of foliage and the beginning of Winterís embrace.  November is often used as a metaphor to signify the moment of oneís death such as it signifies death in nature.  Winterís embrace is the final act of that death.  Therefore, it is extremely appropriate that a song entitled November would feature a funeral in its first stanza.

            This last song is what made me agree with the statement on Winterís Thrallís MySpace page.  This is definitely dark music in sound, in lyrics and in vocal styling, but itís also music that makes you think.  You listen to the lyrics and you wonder, ďWhat did he mean by that?  Was the meaning literal or was it a metaphor for something else?Ē  I enjoy songs that stimulate my brain.

            I also have incredibly eclectic taste in music and believe that every so often, you have to listen to dark music to fully appreciate the life you lead.  If you like Marilyn Manson, Gravity Kills, Puscifier and other goth metal bands, Winterís Thrall is definitely a band worth checking out.  I canít wait for the band to complete the full-length album, Anomie, which will feature songs from this EP.  The album is due out soon and Iím definitely excited to hear more from Winterís Thrall.


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