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Dark Sky - 2008 Empty Faces



ARTIST: Dark Sky
ALBUM: Empty Faces
LABEL: AOR Heaven
SERIAL: AORH00034
YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

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

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hands Up * 02 Empty Faces * 03 Slave Of Time * 04 Send Them To Hell * 05 Chase Your Dreams * 06 Maniac * 07 Saints Beneath The Sky * 08 Pleasure And Pain * 09 Believe It * 10 Meaning Of Life

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WEBLINKS: www.dark-sky.de


Background
GLORY DAZE has followed the fortunes of these German melodic rockers for awhile now. The same recipe exists for this band as it did earlier in their career. Followers of The Scorpions, Bonfire and Jaded Heart should walk right into these songs seamlessly. Dark Sky's line-up has been intact for years now, and they've chosen to go with Markus Teske to produce this album. His influence has heavied things for Dark Sky, moving them onto the razors edge of a harder form of metal a la Dionysus, a sound they could easily adapt to in future if they choose to do so, because with drummer Uwe Mayer they have the guy to drive the beat hard and fast!


The Songs
'Hands Up' gets us going, a great opener, with a fast but catchy set of riffs reminding us of early Bonfire. The title track 'Empty Faces' is also a cool tune, with another fast paced approach, not to be oudone 'Slave Of Time' is even better, one of my favourites on the album, kudos to Steffen Doll for some great guitarwork. 'Chase Your Dream' is driven along my some footstomping kick drums from Mayer, alternating between mild verses and hard-out choruses. The cover of Michael Sembello's 'Maniac' is surely a different take. Unfortunately it didn't do anything for me. 'Saints Beneath The Sky' was another miss-hit for me, but things slightly improve for 'Pleasure And Pain' but it's not until the half-pace tempo of 'Believe It' that things are corrected. This one is an intense affair, brooding and punching out with power when provoked. The closer 'Meaning Of Life' takes the power out of the music altogether. A sombre track with piano and synth to finish up. Don't forget the hidden track 'Final Day', an acoustic/electric finale.


In Summary
For me, 'Empty Faces' wasn't as exciting as some of their previous work. I felt that the keys weren't as prominent on this set than on earlier recordings, therefore the album just lacked slightly in texture and colour. This album is a collection of varying styles and ideas, it's unsure just what direction they'll take for their next album, let us hope that they keep to their melodic ideals because that is a strength of theirs.


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