Ole! The Spaniards of DARK MOOR hit home with their (I think) fifth long player. To say it right away: They can’t compete with the great “The Hall Of The Olden Dreams“. But they definitely let us forget the boring “Gates Of Oblivion“. Who does not know the band, the Spaniards play progressive Bombast Metal. Original? Nope, not in the least, but a lot more professional than the majority of the scene.
The band is full of ideas and puts a big emphasis on variety. They combine the different song parts and moods so well that you on the one hand are gripped by the performance, but on the other hand do not feel overtaxed either. The whole thing’s got something of newer BLIND GUARDIAN, but also VANDEN PLAS (especially in the vocals) and QUEEN are not unknown to the musicians either.
The only thing I do not like about this fatly produced record: The music sounds too perfect. Have you ever heard anything of dirty sounds, smoking axes and wild escapades? If so, why can’t you do it, too? Still a good album, which even has a little “hit” with the opener “Before The Duel“. As Melodic Rocker you should check this out. (Online May 1, 2005)