Monday, June 10, 2013

Dark Moor - Ars Musica

Dark Moor - Ars Musica (2013) Scarlet Records
Produced by Luigi Stefanini
Tracks : 1.Ars Musica 2.First lance of Spain 3.It is my way 4.The road again 5.Together as ever 6.The city of peace 7.Gara and Jonay 8.Living in a nightmare 9.El ultimo ray 10.Saint James way 11.Spanish suite 12.The road again (acoustic) 13.Living in a nightmare (orchestral version)
3 out of 5

The Spanish band Dark Moor celebrates their 20th anniversary with the 9th studio album "Ars Musica", a well performed album of 13 tracks where the production is impressive with bombastic orchestral arrangements. Several songs has strong and memorable hooks like "It is my way", "Together as ever", "Living in a nightmare" and the new single "The road again". We get alternative versions too of "Living in a nightmare" which ends the album as a big orchestral piece and an acoustic version of "The road again" that is quite different compared to the full band version. I´m not normally a huge fan of neoclassical metal but I really like Dark Moor´s dramatic and theatrical sound that can be described as musical metal, imagine Nightwish meets Kamelot with a touch of Phantom of the Opera. It´s a beautiful artwork too.

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