Vera : This band perfectly fits in the image of modern, aggressive metal with all kinds of influences thrown on one heap, mix it and make your own blend of it. This amalgam of melodic death metal, metalcore, classical heavy metal, a pinch of black metal and an everlasting background of symphonic arrangements may not be the easiest to fathom, but these guys surely know what they are doing.
The have been around since 2002, back then under the moniker Bleak December, but they changed their name in Winds Of Plague just before the release of their debut album 'A Cold Day In Hell' by Recourse Records. Many gigs and tours followed, for instance with Bleeding Through, a band they are compared with sometimes. In the summer of 2007 they crossed their huge home country - they are coming from the United States, South California - with Suicide Silence and Despised Icon, later they toured Europe with Shai Hulud and Dead Hearts. In brief, these guys are willing and ready for the conquest now that their sophomore album 'Decimate The Weak' is about to be released by Century Media at the end of January.
'A Cold Day In Hell' is a symphonic introduction, followed by guitars join in, but hell breaks loose in the second track 'Anthems Of Apocalypse'. We immediately hear all the things the band offers in this song: screaming vocals of shouter Johnny Plague (his voice has a true hardcore edge), solid riffs, relished by finger-blistering guitar leads (think of Arcturus and Winds) with a progressive tinge and wealthy symphonic arrangements which vein through the bone-heavy metal armour. This combination may look a bit weird when written down on paper, but the more you listen to it, the better it gets. The progressive timbre in the music is necessary to temper the vehement fuzz of guitars and rebellious, aggressive vocals. For instance, hear how they suddenly stop and shift into an emotive, marvellous guitar solo in 'Angels Of Debauchery' or the sparkling piano notes in the mid-paced 'One Body Too Many'. On the other hand 'Reloaded' happens to be a straight tirade of scolds. For be warned, despite of these little parts of melodic nature I mention, this is a hectic and slashing record that will cause many moshpits in a live situation. In addition producer Daniel Castleman (As I Lay Dying) and Tue Madsen (who did the mix) have taken care of an excellent sound. I think we are going to hear a lot more of Winds Of Plague in 2008. They start the new year with a long tour in the United States with Dead To Fall. In the meantime we can get ready in Europe while listening to 'Decimate The Weak'.