Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Track Review: Winger - Tin Soldier

One thing I do love about the world of music is how a forgotten band would come back in action. Even if it's a fail or not, I still find the outcome of some of these revivals very interesting. Winger have come from a lot of stick from many people and bands throughout their careers. Mike Judge was mainly notable with mocking them in his animated shows Beavis and Butthead, and King of the Hill, as well as Lars Ulrich throwing a dart at a poster of Kip Winger in Metallica's video for “Nothing Else Matters”. Apart from all the ‘they're wussy’ bollocks floating around, their first two albums were still brilliant in my eyes. They sold so much until the grunge scene killed off ‘hair metal’ bands. They've released two albums since reuniting and now they have another upcoming very soon.

However, they have a song that has been released, called “Tin Soldier”. It starts off with a repetitive piano riff that plays throughout, until Kip Winger provides the same riff on bass. Then it kicks in with an explosive fashion, and goes quite softer until the guitar plays through. Kip's voice sounds great after the amount of years since they got together in the late 80s or so. The music is so nicely done and yet here comes the solo. It's groovy solo, but the piano riff is a strange one, but the drumming is brilliant. It has a strange Radiohead feel to it, only Kip has an awesome power in his vocals that made him stand out when Winger smashed into the mainstream with their debut album. They are a glamorous and toned down version of a prog metal band, the song is short and the piano sounds tinny. It may not be anything like Down Incognito, but it gives off that Winger feel to it that we all know and love. It's a great instrumental piece, with Kip's voice sounding brilliant, I expected something more catchy though. Whatever, progressive music is a win for me.
~Matthew Clewley


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