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Review: Manticora - Darkness With Tales To Tell
Manticora
www.manticora.dk
Darkness With Tales To Tell

Label: Scarlet Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 61:38
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: November 27, 2001
Reviewed by: The Lord of Hate
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Darkness With Tales To Tell

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Second album for the Danish power metallers, "Darkness With Tales To Tell" exhibits overall better songwriting that their debut - but then again that was to be expected. ;) Overall the band doesn't sound like "just another power metal band" so that's kind of refreshing in a sea of clones. The singer's voice is quite distinctive and may not be for everybody - I found myself having a hard time getting into it (I still haven't...) The best songs here are the ones that go easy on the keyboards, which are just overdone in some of the songs. Keyboards are becoming a plague in metal music which, I must say again, should be guitar-driven, not keyboard-driven. Keep that stuff in the background where it sounds best. Anyway, when the keyboards are discreet as they should be, we are treated with some very catchy guitar solos, even some crunching guitars in the more aggressive passages. Thankfully the drummer doesn't overdo the bass drums like so many power metal drummers do and I think the songs benefit from that restraint. Most songs are more than 6 minutes in length, with a couple over the 8-9 minutes mark. Most of them are pretty fast-paced with a couple of ballads and "semi-ballads" in the mix.

Overall a very good sophomore release, better than their debut and worth it for power metal fans. My only wish is that a future release will put less emphasis on the keyboards. I'm not sure I can get used to those vocals though... <

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