We’re about a week away from the release of our “Afterlife” EP, and we wanted to share another great review of the release with you. Todd ‘ToddStar’ Jolicoeur from 100% Rock Magazine recently reviewed the set and gave it 9 out of 10 stars! We’re honored to get such a high rating and had to bring you the good news.
Check out an an excerpt from Todd’s review below, and read the whole thing here:
Vocalist Anne Autumn Erickson doesn’t push her voice or try to overpower the instruments that accompany her. This track is what I imagine someone like Sarah Brightman would sound like if you threw some metal underneath her vocals… The Dream (I’m Only Happy When I’m Sleeping)” closes this collection. This song is unlike anything else on the disc. I really like the diversity in the style of this track, as it shows the depth of Anne’s voice and another dimension to her song writing and performance.
“Afterlife” is out on March 5 via Sword of the Spirit Records LLC. To pre-order the “Afterlife” EP, head to our page on iTunes.
Upon Wings’ new EP, “Afterlife,” arrives on March 5, and the reviews are rolling in. Planet Mosh is the latest to take a listen to the upcoming set, and writer Simon Bower gave the EP a grade of 9/10!
In the review, Bower called the EP an “exceptional release from an equally exceptional band.” He wrapped up the review with the summary, “I must say that I have been very impressed by this EP, both in terms of its song writing quality and its extremely professional production and delivery.” He goes on to call the collection “a real must for all fans of female-fronted metal.” Thank you, Planet Mosh!
Here’s an excerpt from the review, and read the full piece here:
For a start, the band definitely can lay claim to having a ‘big’ sound, classy thunderous guitar riffs, making a solid background from which the vocals of Anne Autumn Erickson shine through like the brightest star. For discerning fans of Female Fronted Metal I would compare Anne’s vocal delivery to that of solo period Tarja mixed with mezzo-soprano highlights a la Simone, with a sprinkling of Charlotte Wessels thrown in for good measure. Musically, again I draw on comparisons with Tarja and Delain but undoubtedly Upon Wings have a fast growing personality and sound all of their own.
It’s hard to believe, but the release of our EP is literally weeks away. To pre-order the “Afterlife” EP, head to Upon Wings’ page on iTunes.
Rustyn Rose from the Metalholic website recently checked in with Upon Wings frontwoman Anne Autumn Erickson to chat about the band’s upcoming EP, “Afterlife,” and more. The two talked in depth about the recording process behind “Afterlife,” including recording at Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, a famed recording studio owned and operated by Johnny K, the latter who has worked with band such as Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Sevendust and Art of Dying.
Rose also chatted with Anne Autumn about the genesis of Upon Wings and how the group came together. Check out the full interview here, and here’s an excerpt from the feature:
Erickson’s haunting and emotive mezzo-soprano voice channels the spirit of Liv Kristine (Leaves’ Eyes), Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish) and Amy Lee (Evanescence). Her songwriting channels similar gothic and and ambient moods. Metalholic caught up with Erickson who was enjoying her spotlight on Sirius Octane’s “Women Rock” week. The lead off title single from her new EP “Afterlife” is receiving solid play on Sirius and numerous other radio outlets.
Many thanks to Rose for taking the time to chat with Anne Autumn. “Afterlife” is out March 5 via Sword of the Spirit Records LLC, and it’s currently available for pre-order here.
This week marked “Women Rock” week on SiriusXM Octane, channel 37, and UPON WINGS was among the great female-fronted bands featured and spun throughout the week. UPON WINGS’ new single, “Afterlife,” was released on Jan. 15th, and the band will be releasing their new EP, Afterlife, March 5th on Sword of the Spirit Records LLC. The EP features guest vocals and production from Brett Hestla (Ex-Creed, Dark New Day).
In very exciting news, UPON WINGS also scored the #12 spot on Octane’s famed BIG-UNS Countdown for the week for Feb. 2nd!
“It’s such an honor to be a part of SiriusXM Octane’s ‘Women Rock’ week,” frontman Anne Autumn Erickson said. “Octane has such a rich history of delivering genuine, top-notch rock, and it’s the ultimate source for new rock music. Thanks to all at Octane, and thanks to our fans for requesting us!”
Please keep requesting to hear more UPON WINGS on Octane by calling 888-362-8263. This is just the beginning! Thank you!
Since “Afterlife” hit rock radio, the track has been featured on the likes of WIIL (Chicago), KXXR (Minneapolis), KTCL (Denver), WRKZ (Columbus), WRAT (Monmouth), WKRL (Syracuse), KQXR (Boise), KRDJ (Lafayette), WCPR (Biloxi), KGRR (Dubuque) and beyond.
Upon Wings’ upcoming “Afterlife” EP was recently reviewed by Anthony May of Festival Photo, and May gave it 5 out of 5 stars! It’s one of the first reviews to come in for the new EP, so it was especially exciting to get such a positive response to the music we’re creating.
May called “Afterlife, “An excellent EP that will appeal to a lot of fans of female fronted metal, in particular those who like the more operatic style of vocals,” adding that the title track and debut single is “absolutely superb.”
Check out the full review via this link.
Our new “Afterlife” EP will drop on March 5, and you can pre-order it via iTunes.