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Dark Moor - 2003 Dark Moor

ARTIST: Dark Moor
ALBUM: Dark Moor
LABEL: Arise Records
YEAR: 2003


LINEUP: Enrik Garcˇa - guitars * Anan Kaddouri - bass * Alfred Romero - vocals * Jose Garrido - guitars * Andy C - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 A Life For Revenge * 02 Eternity * 03 The Bane Of Daninsky The Werewolf * 04 Philip The Second * 05 From Hell * 06 Cyrano De Bergarac * 07 Overture * 08 Wind Like Stroke * 09 Return For Love * 10 Amore Venio * 11 The Ghost Sword * 12 The Dark Moor


If you are not familiar with Spanish melodic metallers Dark Moor, you could be fooled by the self titling of the album that this is their debut, and in some ways it is. The band have actually released a number of albums since 1999, but this is their first since the departure of three key personnel, including their singer. So, for this line-up it is their debut. To be frank, I never thought much of Elisa their previous singer. Elisa's departure was due to disagreement over the direction of the new album. That was a blessing for Dark Moor as her vocals definitely would not have fit in with the music on this album, which is a combination of Angra and Kamelot. Replacement Alfred Romero isn't a world class vocalist, his Andre Matos style vocals sounding a bit nasally, but he still does a decent job.

The Songs
If there is one thing that lets the album down the most is the production. Considering that the album was produced by Luigi Stefanni (Labyrinth) and mixed at Finnvox studios, I'm quite surprised. It's not bad, but the quality of the songs are not enhanced by a lacklustre sound. Many of the tracks are grandiose, with plenty of strings and choirs. The effect would have been greater through a bigger production. There's still quite a bit to enjoy. Dark Moor leave their mark when the speed takes control. A couple of tracks that give you a swift kick are 'The Ghost Sword', Alfred's best performance, the Angra influenced 'Eternity', and opener 'A Life For Revenge'.

In Summary
Dark Moor have definitely made strides. The arrangements and song writing are very good, musicianship can't be faulted. The bits that need work are the vocals and production. Not yet in the class of Angra and Kamelot, but there is potential.

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