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Winds Update on New Album

Winds keyboardist/founder, Andy Winter, has posted the following about the bands new album direction:

"Considering that we have not really spoken much about details concerning the progress and direction of the new Winds record so far, I think now is the right time to talk a little about how things are going and the direction we are taking.

As the new album is in the process of being created, I have known for a while that it will be the most different album we have ever done. The reason for this is because our methods of working together have been different, and we have also undergone some changes in the way we come up with the material.

Although the other members of Winds aside from my self have contributed with material and creativity in the development of all our records, never before have basic ideas for compositions started with someone other than myself. This is an interesting prospect, because it has challenged me to think differently about how I approach our music and the compositional process in Winds. Another new element that was introduced this time was the fact that I have also written and arranged several parts and entire compositions on guitar, which is something I have not done before. This has always been Carl's duty entirely.

Similarly, Carl has written basic ideas for string parts this time, which has usually been a shared duty between Lars and my self. I would also say that Jan Axel and I worked more closely together arranging the drum parts this time, and he has also influenced the shaping of several of the compositions that were pretty much so unfinished when he recorded the drums for them that he might as well have recorded the drums to nothing but thin air. In many places we have shaped the musical arrangements based on Jan Axel's insanely complicated and intricate drum patterns, which Carl follows to the teeth on the
guitar, like clockwork.

These are just some examples of how we've found new ways to collaborate, and through changing the recipe, being able to come up with a different and even more interesting result. The methods of creating virtually every song has been different, so the new material is also much more varied and diverse, yet still uniquely Winds, there is no doubt about that. There will be everything from acoustic/melodic parts, slower parts to really heavy and extreme parts, faster parts and progressive parts, and virtually everything in between.

I have also known for a while that this would be a more progressive oriented record than our previous ones, but aside from being more technical it is also very epic, and I would say it has a darker atmosphere than any of our other albums have had. The one thing I didn't realize at the time when most of the compositions were written is how much we have grown as musicians in the songwriting department sinc! e the last time we were in the studio together.

I am convinced that if we look back at our musical careers in ten or twenty years, this will be the album we will choose to listen to ourselves. I am certain we have accomplished above and beyond what we thought our expectations of ourselves could have been, and truth be told I have never been this excited about finishing a record before. Whether or not it will see a release before or after the mid-point of 2006 is something I can't really answer at this point. All I can say is that our focus is 100% on finishing the new record, and from this point on everything else has been put aside until that has been accomplished.

That's it for now. We will report in as soon as something happens that is worth mentioning. In the mean time, check out the new Age of Silence release due on The End Records / Candlelight Records on October 10th/11th.

Earlier this year, more specifically in May, I reconfirmed on the Winds forum after much speculation to the contrary, that we would not have any guests appearing on the new Winds record. At the time I made this statement, it was correct. However, I have to say now, 4 months later, that this is no longer the case.

A lot can change in 4-5 months time, and we honestly had no plans to feature guests on the new records until we realized how diverse the new material was becoming, and so we felt it was suitable to add some new elements to the sound to compliment this diversity.

I can therefore confirm that we will indeed have several guest appearances on the new Winds record, and although it's too soon to say anything more about who they are at the moment, I think everyone will be quite surprised to learn about it when the time comes.

In the past we have been very selective about who we have invited to be guests on Winds records, in fact, on our last three records combined there has only been one guest, and that was the man behind the spoken voice on the first two albums known only as Drajevolitch.

So our new guests will become members of a very exclusive club, so to speak. I also want to add that we would not have invited guests unless we felt they had something very special to contribute to our music, and we would never have invited guests for the purpose of marketing ploys or to add more famous names to the record or anything like that.

The decision is purely artistic, and I think the end result will justify our change of heart in this matter beyond any doubt."

Source: The End Records

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