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Wuthering Heights is a Heavy Metal band from Denmark with what critics describe as a unique sound that comes from blending Power Metal and Folk Metal styles, something only two other bandsnote Falconer and Elvenking are known to do. Furthermore, Wuthering Heights was first to blend the two styles when it formed in 1989 under the name Angelica. This has caused them to be labeled under Progressive Metal due to the experimental nature of combining these two subgenres as well. They went through a number of other names as well before ariving at their current one, and a number of different band members as well. Their first demo was released under the name Minas Tirith in 1992, it was called Tales From The Woods. At this time the band consisted of Erik Ravn, Morten Birch, Kenneth Saandvig, and Martin Røpcke with one former member, John Sønder. They released a second demo under the name Vergelmir in 1995, by which time Jannik B. Larsen, Troels Liebgott, Tim Christensen, and Tim Mogensen had joined the band and everyone but Erik Ravn and Kenneth Saandvid had left. It wasn't until their third demo in 1999 titled Within that they got picked up by Locomotive Music under their current name. Their second album called To Travel For Evermore was released in 2002. In 2004 they released their third album Far From The Maddening Crowd. Their fourth album Shadow Cabinet was released in 2006, and their fifth album Salt was released in 2010. Their current label has also changed to Scarlet Records. Erik Ravn also composes most of the band's songsnote The exceptions are Sorrow In Memoriam, Dreamwalker, Battle of The Seasons, A Sinner's Confession, and their cover of Shadow of The Gypsy in addition to being the only member of the band with it since its inception.The subject matter of power and folk metal mesh well together. The band further draws from the predecessors to Power Metal; Speed Metal and early Heavy Metal. Wuthering Heights took the fast pace and complex riffs from this and blended in the traditional instruments seen in Folk Metal to create an even more complex sound. In their vocal style they pronounce the lyrics clearly, in the higher registers of typical Heavy Metal ranges. This combined with their lack of swearing in their lyrics is what is refered to as "clean lyrics" and is common to Power Metal, but even here the added Folk Metal influences create a different sound from what would be typical of a Power Metal band.
Albums and Tracklistings
1) Enter The Cave, 2) Hunter In The Dark, 3) Too Great Thy Gift, 4) Sorrow In Memoriam, 5) Dreamwalker, 6) The Bird, 7) The Wanderer's Farewell
Erik Ravn – guitar, vocals/Kristian "Krille" Andrén – vocals/Rune S. Brink – keyboards/Kasper Gram – bass/Morten Nødgaard – drumsGuest musicians:Troels Liebgott – flute/Henriette Cordes – violin/Carsten Kronhøj, Rasmus Reckeweg, Anders Pharnen-Hermund, Claus Jensen, Kenneth Pedersen, Kristian Larsen, Lars F. Larsen, Rene Nielsen, Mads Volf, Kenneth Saandvig – backing vocals
To Wander For Evermore,
1) Behind Tearstained Ice (instrumental), 2) The Nevershining Stones, 3) Dancer In The Light, 4) Lost Realms, 5) Battle Of The Seasons (instrumental), 6) A Sinner's Confession, 7) See Tomorrow Shine, 8) Through Within To Beyond, 9) River Oblivion, 10) When The Jester Cries [Japanese Bonus Track]\La chanson De Roland (instrumental) [Korean Bonus Track]
Erik Ravn – guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals/Rune S. Brink – keyboards/Henrik Flyman – guitar/Morten Sørensen – drums/Kristian "Krille" Andrén – vocalsGuest musicians:Lorenzo Dehó – bass/Tommy Hansen, Claus Jensen, Finn Zierler, Klaus Lindy – backing vocals
Far From The Maddening Crowd
1) Gather Ye Wild (instrumental), 2) The Road Goes Ever On, 3) Tree, 4) Longing For The Woods part 1 - The Wild Children, 5) Highland Winds, 6) Longing For The Woods part 2 - The Ring Of Fire, 7) The Bollard, 8) Bad Hobbits Die Hard (instrumental), 9) Longing For The Woods part 3 - Herne's Prophecy, 10) Land Of Olden Glory, 11) Lament For Lorien, 12) Memory In A Memory(instrumental) [Japanese Bonus Track]\Gather Ye Wild (reprise)/The Tapdancer (instrumental) [US Bonus Track]
Driven to Suicide: Sorrow In Memoriam, Snow - Apathy Divine, and I Shall Not Yield have characters contemplating this.
Epic Instrumental Opener: The first tracks on their second and third albums are instrumentals, and the the case of the former it later has an instrumental song last eight minutes fourty eight seconds about halfway through, plus a number of songs open this way all on their own.
Epic Rocking: The average song length for the band is about six minutes, their longest single song runs about sixteen-and-a-half minutes long. Their third album has a song in tree parts, on tracks 4, 6 & 9.
Epic Riff: When you play in a style as unique as they do, and make such frequent use of riffs, it would be surprising if they didn't manage to produce at least one such riff.
Fade Out: This is a common way for their songs to end.
Miniscule Rocking: Reason is single refrain, 8 lines long, and has no lengthy intros, extros, solos or bridges meaning that it doesn't even last half a minute.
Mondegreen: "'Cause you will never bring doen" - I Shall Not Yield. That's right doen not the most common of words, so its only natural to hear it as a more familiar word or words that fit the context instead, and it deasn't help that the meaning of real word doesn't actually seem to fit the context either. This is just your mind playing tricks on you though, and a likely substitution will be "me down."
Revolving Door Band: Former members; John Sønder, Morten Birch, Kenneth Saandvig, Martin Røpcke, Jannik B. Larsen, Troels Liebgott, Tim Christensen, Tim Mogensen, Rune S. Brink, Morten Nødgaard, Kasper Gram, Kristian Andrén, Peter Jensen, Lorenzo Dehò, Henrik Flyman, and Eric Grandin. Addittional Guest Musicians; Troels Liebgott, Henriette Cordes, Carsten Kronhøj, Rasmus Reckeweg, Anders Pharnen-Hermund, Claus Jensen, Kenneth Pedersen, Kristian Larsen, Lars F. Larsen, Rene Nielsen, Mads Volf, Lorenzo Dehó, Tommy Hansen, Claus Jensen, Finn Zierler, Klaus Lindy, Jette Hansen, Lisbeth Sagen,Ulrik Tofte Jespersen,Henrik Svanekær, Tina Gunnarsson, and Niklas Kupper.
Sanity Slippage Song: Elements crop up in a lot of their song, chronologically we have Enter The Cave, Hunter In The Dark, Too Great Thy Gift, Sorrow In Memoriam and Dreamwalker from their first album, and The Desperate Poet and the Mad Sailor from the fifth. Tough you could make a case for a few others.
Seven Deadly Sins: A Sinner's Confession works its way through Greed, Gluttony, Pride, Envy Sloth, Lust and Wrath though not neccissarily all by name, then in Shadow Cabinet we have Demon Desire for Lustnote or Avice or Gluttony, but Lust is the popular interpretation, Beautifool for Pride, Envyfor Envy, Sleep for Sloth, and I Shall Not Yield for Wrath.
Snow Means Death: Zig Zagged in Snow - Apathy Divine part 2 at different points in the song its imagery is invoked, it is invertednote possibly sarcasticly, averted, subverted, double subverted with an inversionnote where death comes when the snow leaves, and used as metaphor for the grief of death.
Somewhere Song: Highland Winds and Lament for Lorien from their third Album.
Troperiffic: Look at this list, now look at how many of them apear in the same songs.
Walking the Earth: The Wanderer's Farewell, Lost Realm, Through Within To Beyond, The Road Goes On And On, Highland Winds, and The Land Of Olden Glory. You could make a case for a few others as well.
Wanderlust Song: Chronologically speaking we have The Wanderer's Farewell from their first album, the whole second albumnote but then, it is titled To Travel For Evermore especially Lost Realms, See Tomorrow Shine and Through Within To Beyond, The Road Goes Ever On and Land Of Olden Glory from the third album, and Away from the fifth. Though you could make an arguement for a number of others as well.