Dark Moor have been one of my
favourite bands ever since the release of their debut “Shadowland” (B.O.
Records) in 1999 mainly because of their excellent mixture of
traditional and symphonic power metal and the Superb vocals of
female vocalist Elisa C. Martin.
But after only 3 albums (“Shadowland”,
“The Hall of the Olden Dreams” & “The Gates of Oblivion”) and a
couple of EP’s (“The Fall of Melnibone” & “Between Light and
Darkness”) Elisa left Dark Moor in 2003. She was replaced by a male
singer called Alfred Romero and a new album (“Dark Moor”) was
released in 2003, but it didn’t quite reach the standards of the
previous albums, but the next album “Beyond the Sea” was huge step
in the right direction.
The new album “Tarot” is even
better than “Beyond the Sea” mainly because of Alfred Romero’s
outstanding vocal performance and the superb guitar wiz Enrik
We get a perfect fusion of
Kamelot, Nightwish, Rhapsody of Fire and Sonata Arctica, all ten
tracks (the limited edition comes with a bonus track called “The
Fool”) are excellent but above them all stands the eleven minutes
Masterpiece “The Moon”.
Luigi Stefanini (Rhapsody of
Fire, Vision Divine and Labyrinth) has delivered a flawless
production but the artwork by Derek Gores (Edguy, Kamelot) could
have been a lot better.
Dark Moor is still metal band
no.1 in Spain and with this album they will go for the top in Europe