|Review: Dark Moor - Ancestral Romance|
Label: Scarlet Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: November 30, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 4.18/5 (83.57%) (28 Votes)
Ah, Dark Moor. I've enjoyed the vast majority of this band's discography over the years, even their post-Elisa Martin albums which are a sore spot for some. In keeping with the theme of quality power metal albums I've covered lately, Dark Moor don't disappoint in the slightest with Ancestral Romance.
I wasn't expecting this album to be that enjoyable; it seems Dark Moor just don't have it in them to slump. They keep going from strength to strength with each release and I think that Ancestral Romance is their finest work since Alfred Romero jumped on board. His vocals on this album are his finest to date, reminiscent of Roy Khan in places as well as some near-Tommy Karevik delivery in tracks such as "Gadir" or "Mio Cid".
The album isn't without its faults, fortunately they are only minor problems and don't really distract from the enjoyment. The main offender is the ridiculously fruity "Let's Rock". The track is utter cheese, yet I will admit it has become somewhat of a guilty pleasure largely due to the kick ass riff introduced half way through or so. That aside, the only other slight hitch is the quality put forth in the first four tracks begins to diminish through the later half of the album. However tracks such as "Cancion Del Pirata" and "Ah! Wretched Me" keep the attention through the later half, the latter being one of the finest tracks on the album.
Overall I think this is one of the finer jewels in the Dark Moor treasury. Tracks such as "Alaric De Marnac", "Mio Cid" and "Ah! Wretched Me" rank among some of the finest the band have done, reminiscent of their older material in places yet still pushing forward. Ancestral Romance is a highly enjoyable record and is a worthy addition to any power metal fan's collection, particularly those of you with a penchant for the symphonic.
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