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Release Date:
1st March 2019
Record Label:
Ulterium Records
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The long-awaited new recording from Darkwater has arrived! Human is a veritable smorgasbord for the progressive metal or progressive rock fan’s ears! This comes to us via Ulterium Records. Darkwater come to us from Boras, Sweden. I have no clue what’s in the water over there in Sweden (even though my ancestry features a healthy chunk of Swedish), but whatever it is renders a lot of kick-ass progressive metal bands!  Darkwater were formed in 2003, and they inked their deal with Ulterium in 2007. Calling the Earth to Witness (2007) and Where Stories End (2010) may already be familiar with the prog metal world. Never fear, dear readers – this is a worthy follow-up.

The tracks are wonderful. Indeed, there isn’t a dud in the bunch. The only thing I don’t quite understand is why Alive is cut into two parts. I mean, I get that Part 1 is the introduction, and during Part 2 the idea gets fleshed out, but why not just put the two parts together? Okay, rant over. I know I bitch about things like this entirely too often, so I will just shut up.

There is some beautiful piano work on these recordings.  The production work is key, and their sound is stately, majestic prog metal. They most likely take influence from an array of my heroes, such as Symphony X, Dream Theater and Evergrey.  You can hear it in all of the tunes, particularly in the centerpiece, Reflection of a Mind. This is a very intense eleven-and-a-half minute epic, folks. That’s right, I said it. I hate that word just as much as the rest of you, but I feel compelled to use it in this instance. This is a veritable tour-de-force.

Of course, with the long we must have the short, so there is A New Beginning, which is a mere six-and-a-half minutes. Hardly a leviathan, but still an arse-kicking tune in it’s own right.  Insomnia is big and riffy, featuring wickedly large production values again. Burdens features an acoustic intro, huge heavy metal riffs and a big kick in the pants about a minute in, plus some intense shredding all around.  Turning Pages also has one of those haunting fingerpicked intros that I love to go on and on about.

Bottom line is this, dear readers: if you like your progressive metal with loud, operatic crescendos and incredible musicianship, plus searing vocals, then Darkwater is for you!


1. A New Beginning
2. In Front of You
3. Alive (Part 1)
4. Alive (Part 2)
5. Reflection of a Mind
6. Insomnia
7. The Journey
8. Burdens
9. Turning Pages
10. Light of Dawn

Playing Time: 75 minutes and 33 seconds

Henrik Båth - Vocals/Guitars
Magnus Holmberg - Keyboards
Markus Sigfridsson - Guitars
Tobias Enbert - Drums
Simon Andersson - Bass

Rick Ossian
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My wife and I live in a small town in Nebraska. We both love to read and write. I also love to draw, mainly fantasy stuff. We have several cats and dogs.

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