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Darkwell - Suspiria (7,5/10) - Austria - 2000

Genre: Gothic Metal
Label: Napalm Records
Playing time: 46:52
Band homepage: Darkwell


  1. Pictures Of Strive
  2. Blackheart
  3. Ladies Choice
  4. Path To Salvation (Intro)
  5. Two Souls Creature Triology
  6. The Beginning
  7. The Salvation
  8. The Rejuvination
  9. Suspiria
  10. Realm Of Darkness
  11. Armageddon
Darkwell - Suspiria
If the title "Suspiria" is a reminiscence of the brilliant Italian director and master of horror Dario Argento is beyond my knowledge, but I could very well imagine some DARKWELL-songs as background-music for movies like "Surpiria", "Phenomena" or "Opera" (all cult-horror/thrillers!) . But the Gothic-fan should be the main target of this CD, so all of you should check out "Suspiria".

The Tyrolia-based band also places their trust in female power, because the lead vocals are the domain of singer Alexandra Pittracher. Her voice reminds me a little of Kari Rueslåtten (Ex-THE 3RD & THE MORTAL), very pleasant and delicate. Still I have to say that a bit more power and variety would not have hurt, because as the time passes by, the uniformly high pitch gets to the nerves a bit.

Still DARKWELL have a vocal talent in Alexandra, which should develop into a future great. Musically they (almost) completely can convince me, too. The songs all are slow-paced, sometimes they even cross the threshold into "doomy" waters. But still they put in enough melodic breaks and speed-changes, which loosen up the sound and create quite some variety. The highlight is the three-chapter-epos "Two Souls Creature Triology" with very much pomp and classical influences and the slow title-track, which is driven by fast double-bass-drums (What? How should that work out? - A visibly confused Alex)

Of course not all that glitters is gold (or black) yet, but for a debut "Suspiria" is more than remarkable and is a good foundation for the future of DARKWELL.

Charly Kogler

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