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Dark Moor - Dark Moor - 2004 - Reviewed by: Nailer

Track Listing
1. A Life for Revenge
2. Eternally
3. The Bane of Daninsky (the werewolf)
4. Philip, The Second
5. From Hell
6. Cyrano of Bergerac
7. Overture (Attila)
8. Wind Like Stroke (Attila)
9. Return for Love (Attila)
10. Amore Venio (Attila)
11. The Ghost Sword (Attila)
12. The Dark Moor
After the release of (or just prior to) the highly orchestrated Dark Moor EP "Between Light and Darkness", female vocalist Elisa C. Martin, in 2003) Albert Maroto (guitar) and Jorge Sez (drums) decided to persue their own interests and left to form their own band, Dreamaker. Dark Moor continued on by recruiting new vocalist Alfred Romero. Instead of a female lead, they now have the traditional male power metal vocalist.

Along with their great sound, Elisa was a big selling point for me, so I was hoping that Alfred would be a decent replacement. He is high-pitched like most in the genre and is as emotive as Elisa, but I don't think his tone cuts to the bone like hers does. Although less of a stong presence, his vocals do blend in well with the overall sound of the music.

"Dark Moor" isn't any heavier than prior releases, but I found it more orchestral with many of the numbers giving off the compositional quality of an 1800's Mozart or Bizet piece; maybe even The Trans-Siberian Railroad. Lyrically they seem to be covering some darker subject matter with most of it about historical figures like Phillip the II, Attila the Hun and others.

Missing are the more acoustical, romantic numbers that I enjoyed from the first half of "BLAD", but they do keep an epic scope to most of the songwriting especially for the tour de force final track "The Dark Moor" with its mutiple, overlapping vocals. Songs that should be more meanacing, though sound a bit too glorious.

Dark Moor lost a lot of members, but they didn't lose any significant part of their sound. All in all they are still one of the better symphonic power metal bands out there, but I missed the laments of Elisa.


Best Tracks: The Dark Moor, Wind Like Stroke

--Nailer 04.14.04
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Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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