WINTERS BANE will probably always be only seen as the band, where Tim “The Ripper” Owens started his career. Their amazing debut album “Heart Of A Killer” was released in 1990, in a time, which wasn’t easy for traditional Metal. But the Underground was alive and this album still belongs today to one of the hidden gems of all fans of bands like JUDAS PRIEST, MALICE or US-Metal generally!
WINTERS BANE released another album, “Girth”, after the departure of Tim, but this album is completely forgettable. This album has nothing to do with Metal. Now I have the third album of them in my hands and their new line-up is remarkable. Mark Cross and Alexander Koch are both not unknown. Cross played the drums on METALIUM and HELLOWEEN and Koch sings respectively sang on POWERGOD and SPIRAL TOWER. Axeman Lou St. Paul is then the only founding member of WINTERS BANE. The music is not far away from “Heart Of A Killer” but it’s more up-to-date. But there are no trendy or modern notes on it. This is classic Metal, pounding and enriched by a thick production. The catchy choruses and the damn great guitars make it to a feast for all Metal fans.
The vocals of Alexander Koch are great as well, he also handles the high-pitched screams and he delivers one melodyline after another, so nobody has to mourn after the Ripper. Compared with the “Beyond Fear” album, “Redivivus” is way better to listen to! (Online July 15, 2006)