The farewell gig at Nosturi was epic and you, our fans and friends, made this experience and all past years incredible.
We couldn't have done this without you!
I remembered the first review I wrote about Kiuas. It was the EP 'Born Under The Northern Lights. To me it wasnt one of the best releases you can get these days. I know but it was only an opinion regarding to their chaotical way of making music. I ratter prefer the straightforward kind of heavy metal. In this case I can say "time heals all wounds".
Normally when I got a new package of promos I m going to explore the information and biographys of the bands in question. Accidentally this time I didnt took the time to inspect the album cover so I didnt knew which band I was listening to. There is no better way than listening to an album with a clean mind. After the first tones of Winter In June I had the feeling Ive heard it before but I couldnt get it pictured on my mind yet. Some of the bands that crossed my mind were Sevendust considering the vocals. Is it because of the production or Musically it was a sort of choice between power metal bands like Sevendust and Steel Prophet. Finally Ive heard the flick of the switch when the second song "Warrior Soul" started off. This is a remastered version from their last EP. This one sounds a bit better and I mean not only due to the production. How is it possible to qualify two almost identical songs differently? Is it a matter of in which state you are emotionally when you listening to songs or is it an upgrade regarding to the band. I think both
The songs on 'Winter In June' are easier to reconise due to a better production which reveals the complete song structures. These song structures were to messy on Born Under The Northern Lights. I guess they are yet in a sort of development to find their own style. With Winter In June they made a great step forward. At this moment I didnt annoy myself no more on the black metal influences Ive heard on their former one but now it just seems to fit as one. If you like power metal with a few influences (up-paced riffs) from the black metal with a little bit of Celtic as a glue factor you probably like this one.
Reviewed by Toby