"The Shadow Cabinet" (Sensory Records; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Danish troupe Wuthering Heights employ your typical traditional power metal techniques to hammer their epic metal points across. Grand instrumentation, operatic vocals, double bass drum-a-thons, and orchestrative interludes run amuck throughout "The Shadow Cabinet," giving anyone that can't get enough Blind Guardian and Helloween something to clamor over.

For more information visit http://www.wuthering-heights.dk

"To Travel Forever More" (Sensory Records; 2002)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Wuthering Heights is a power metal band that caters to fans of the slicker version of the genre. On "To Travel Forever More" Wuthering Heights balance mid-paced power metal with speedy power metal with slight touches of progressive metal and symphonic metal for added flourishes.

The band switches abruptly from tempo to tempo, from sound to sound, all the while not sounding too harried or too overwrought. "To Travel Forever More" plays out evenly and without too much effort which makes the album flow very nicely from beginning to end. With a running time of more than one hour, "To Travel Forever More" patiently evolves and expertly incorporates all of the above mentioned styles into a fairly cohesive package.

Although "To Travel Forever More" is pleasant to listen to, it lacks the grit that I like all of my music to have. I do suspect, however, even after only a couple of spins of "To Travel Forever More" that the band could easily find itself on the many power/prog festivals held throughout the world.

"To Travel Forever More" was produced by Tommy Hansen.

Wuthering Heights is Kristian Andren on vocals, Henrik Flyman on guitars, Erik Baun on guitars, bass, and keyboards, Lorenzo Deho on bass, and Morten Sorensen on drums. 

For more information visit http://www.wuthering-heights.dk

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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