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Dark Sky - 2002 Edge Of Time



ARTIST: Dark Sky
ALBUM: Edge Of Time
LABEL: Good Life Records
SERIAL: PV 900
YEAR: 2002

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Frank Breuninger - vocals * Steffen Doll - guitars * Winny Zurek - bass * Claudio Nobile - keyboards * Uwe Mayer - drums * Steffi Schubert - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bartiaemus * 02 Searchin' For Better Tears * 03 Hope Still Hasn't Gone * 04 Judgement Day * 05 Look In My Eyes * 06 Touching You * 07 In My Mind * 08 Hard Life * 09 Fading Light * 10 By Your Side * 11 The Edge * 12 Turn Away

WEBLINKS: www.dark-sky.de


Background
This time two years ago, GDAZE was applauding the efforts of Dark Sky's entrance into the melodic rock fold with their impressive 'Believe It' album. Now they're back, and continue the progress so evident from that 2000 set. Being a German band, They draw upon numerous reference points from their homeland. Though it is heavily keyboard laden, the guitars are still set to 'stun' thanks to Steffen Doll. When Dark Sky get angry, they invoke comparisons to compatriots Victory at their best. On the quieter moments possibly bands like Bonfire or The Scorpions get a look in. The two other notable aspects to point out is vocalist Frank Breuninger, who sounds to me like a cross between a young Claus Lessman (Bonfire) and Jeff 'Lox' Limbo from Danish rockers Fate, and drum merchant Uwe Mayer - the equivalent of a human octopus with drumsticks and kick-pedals.. lol!


The Songs
The songs are a solid mixture of full-frontal rockers like the opener 'Bartimaeus'.. an epic tale of prophecy and redemption for a blind man living in the time of Christ. 'Searching For Better Tears' moves along at a good clip, punctuated by some solid keyboard layers from Claudio Nobile on top of the riff-fest by Steffen. The foot definitely goes to the floor on 'Judgement Day', another philosophical lesson conveyed in lyrics and the obligatory riffing guitar so predominant with German bands. AOR freaks can get their air keyboard racks out for 'Look In My Eyes', like a cross between Bonfire and Fate, though the end result quality wise just tails in behind those two. Another infectious track is the hooky chorus of 'Touching You' though the capturing lyrics of 'please let me know who's gonna touch you tonight' seems a bit suspect upon first listen. 'In My Mind' has an acoustic/electric theme to it, and shimmers through the verses, before being joined by some sledgehammer electric guitar on the bridge and chorus. 'Hard Life' ups the ante yet again, this time the double-kick drums get a full workout as it moves into Victory/Accept territory. Perhaps my favourite track on the album is the hard rock of 'Fading Light', it captures your attention from the first bar, through the verses and onto a killer chorus. 'By Your Side' is the albums token AOR moment.. and a very nice moment it is too. 'The Edge' is a quick 1min 07s keyboard prelude for the last track 'Turn Away', another fast paced chorus driven track.. The keyboard solo spirals off the map, the double kick drums of Uwe Mayer pound away relentlessly underneath that 6 string riff-machine of Doll.


In Summary
So there we have it. Now that they are better known, particularly throughout Europe, we can expect to hear more about Dark Sky on the back of this album. Ultimately it's an album which showcases all the good aspects of melodic hard rock, keeping true to the tradition of their German heritage while still sounding classy enough to appeal to a wider audience around the world. Well done guys! (plus Steffi!).


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#1 | george_the_jack on June 03 2008 14:08:12
Classic German melodic hard rock in the vein of Fair Warning but personally far from Tommy Heart's band quality...although some collectors and sites advertise this as one of the best albums Germany has to offer. 8,5/10
#2 | jeffduran on June 03 2008 17:44:47
'By Your Side' is a infectious little dity. Good- but I don't know about one of the best German releases?
 
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