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Winds Post New Song Online
August 15, 2007
The track "Convictions and Contradictions" from Norway’s classical/progressive metal supergroup Winds' upcoming album 'Prominence and Demise' (due out September 4 on The End Records), has been posted at the official The End Records MySpace page.

Commented Winds keyboardist Andy Winter, "We are now only three weeks away from the release date of our new album 'Prominence and Demise' and with that in mind, we think it is a suitable time to post one of the new songs on the web for everyone to hear. The new track is called 'Convictions and Contradictions'.

"All the tracks on the new record are distinctly different from one another and this track definitely contains some unique contributions from everyone in the band. It's also what we in the band refer to as the 'duet' song, as it features synchronized vocals from Agnete (M. Kirkevaag; Madder Mortem) and Lars."

The CD artwork and layout for 'Prominence and Demise' was created by renowned cover artist Travis Smith (Opeth, Amorphis, Devin Townsend), who has collaborated with Winds on all of their artwork since their first full-length album.

'Prominence and Demise' track listing:

01. Universal Creation Array
02. Distorted Dimensions
03. The Grand Design
04. When the Dream of Paradise Died
05. Fall and Rise
06. The Darkest Path
07. Convictions and Contradictions
08. Where the Cold Winds Blow
09. The Last Line

'Prominence and Demise', which took the band three years to write and record, is the follow-up to the band's well-received 2004 opus 'The Imaginary Direction of Time'. It features guest appearances by Agnete M. Kirkevaag (Madder Mortem), Lars Nedland (Borknagar, Solefald), Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Nightingale, ex-Bloodbath) and Øystein Moe (ex-Tritonus, Ulver).
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Winds Complete Work On New Album
April 17, 2007
Winds, the Norwegian band consisting of Lars E. Si, Carl August Tidemann, Jan Axel von Blomberg and Andy Winter, have completed the mixing of their fourth recording, said to be an epic masterpiece entitled 'Prominence and Demise'.

The album features guest appearances from several musical talents including Dan Swanö, Agnete M. Kirkevaag, Lars Nedland and Øystein Moe. Travis Smith has already completed the cover layout for the album.

'Prominence and Demise' is the follow-up to the band's well-received 2004 opus 'The Imaginary Direction of Time'.
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Winds To Begin Mixing New Album In April
March 30, 2007
Winds, the Norwegian band consisting of Lars E. Si (Eikind), Carl August Tidemann, Jan Axel von Blomberg (Hellhammer) and Andy Winter, is entering the studio on April 4th, 2007 to complete the work on their long anticipated fourth recording.

The laying down of the tracks was finished gradually over the past three years, and now ready for the task of mixing, Winds has chosen Hipposonic Studios in Vancouver and mixing engineer Shaun Thingvold for the task. Shaun Thingvold has previously worked with bands like Fear Factory, Paradise Lost, Lamb of God, Strapping Young Lad and Devin Townsend Band.

Guest performances on the follow-up to 2004's 'The Imaginary Direction of Time' have been completed by Dan Swanö, Agnete M. Kirkevaag, Lars A. Nedland and Oystein Moe, along with a classical string ensemble from the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. It has also been confirmed that graphic designer Travis Smith has completed the cover layout, and that a title for the record has been known within the band for several years already. The album title, along with a complete track
listing, front cover and release date, will all be announced in the not too distant future.
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Winds: New Album Update
August 14, 2006
Winds keyboardist Andy Winter has offered the following update on the recording process for the band's fourth effort:

"It has been a nice relaxing summer for all of us in Winds, but we are now ready to pick up and finally complete this thing we have been working on for so long. The status at this point is that all the tracking is done, minus bass and piano, which will be finished in the next few months. Carl [August Tidemann] completed his guitar solos just before the summer, and everything else has been ready for a while, so it will not be long now before we are ready to do the mixing.

"I am meeting with potential engineers and studios later this month, and even though the location and crew to be used for the mix is not 100 percent decided as of yet, we still have a pretty good idea about who we are looking to go with. We plan to make a final decision fairly soon. It is also confirmed that the artwork for the upcoming album will once again be created by the ever-talented Travis Smith, and the upcoming album is also at this point looking to have the longest playing time of any of the individually released albums we have done so far. I am looking forward to completing this, as I know the other guys are as well."

As previously reported, Winds — rounded out by singer Lars Eric Si (Khold), guitarist Carl August Tidemann (Arcturus) and Jan Axel Von Blomberg (Arcturus, Mayhem) — has confirmed guest appearances from Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Nightingale), Agnete M. Kirkevaag (Madder Mortem, Frantic Bleep), Lars A. Nedland (Borknagar, Solefald), and Oystein Moe (Ulver, Tritonus) for their upcoming album, the follow-up to 2004's 'The Imaginary Direction of Time' (out on The End Records).
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Lars Eric Si- Vocals/Bass
Carl August Tidemann- Guitar
Jan Axel von Blomberg- Drums
Andy Winter- Piano

Winds came into existence in 1998 when four Norwegian musicians from different backgrounds happened to cross musical paths. This was a result of previous work some of them had done with each other and through mutual acquaintances who lead them together. These individuals were already renowned within their specialties: Lars Eric Si as a vocalist with a truly unique voice, Carl August Tidemann as a neo-classical guitar virtuoso, Jan Axel von Blomberg as the most highly regarded metal drummer of our time, and Andy Winter as a classically inspired pianist.

Looking back at the history of the band, as the first recording Of Entity And Mind was completed in 2000, Avantgarde Music made an offer to sign Winds for two records. This deal was inked without even presenting the music to any other labels. Of Entity And Mind was received with awe by the fans as they didn’t anticipate Winds’ uncompromising combination of classical, progressive and metal music with sounds and harmonies. It was unlike anything else done before.

As Of Entity And Mind continued receiving positive feedback, the band had not been idle and was already far into the process of composing the follow-up, to be entitled Reflections Of The I. After this record was completed, The End Records, who inquired about licensing the album for America, contacted the band. Avantgarde Music was consulted and accepted the offer. Reflections Of The I was released in 2002 and hosted great reviews and critical acclaim, receiving top scores in virtually every significant publication related to their style of music.

As before, the band was still on a creative rollercoaster and had almost completed ideas for all the tracks to a third album even before the previous was released. Having fulfilled their contract with Avantgarde Music, Winds was now free to accept offers from other labels. Once again, The End Records was quick to put an offer on the table, this time to take on the band worldwide. The band accepted the offer without hesitation, and although other labels had showed interest, the band signed to The End Records for three more albums.

So the time came to start recording the third album. The drums were recorded first, along with some basic guitar and piano ideas that were to be re-recorded later. As life went on for the Winds members, while also occupying themselves with other bands and projects, tours and recordings, suddenly a whole year had gone by before any serious activity had happened with the band since the drum recordings. The band members now found themselves in a situation where activity in other bands had started to slow down, and their involvements in many of their other bands and projects had either been put on hold or even abandoned altogether. This was quite a significant time for Winds as it allowed the band to refocus their activity on completing the record and it also made them realize that this band was indeed a top priority for all the members.

After six months of being in and out of the studios (Toproom and Fagerborg in Norway, and The Factory in Vancouver for mixing) the album was finally completed. The third Winds effort is entitled The Imaginary Direction Of Time. Following in the vein of the previous albums with philosophically charged lyrics, the new album takes Winds to new heights both in the lyrical and musical field. This is without a doubt the band’s most elegant album to date, and it also has a new and added dimension of intricacy because of the increased collective effort in the compositional process. The members’ personal growth and accomplishments on their instruments also shine through on this record, and the band feels this is the most accomplished record they have ever worked on, featuring the best individual performances they have ever done but also their best collective effort through carefully designed arrangements and a world class production that can compete with any other top release in the world today.