Three years from well-received debut, Sweden's Darkwater returns with their second release Where Stories End. Much of what was said of 2007's Calling the Earth to Witness may be said of this release. The progressive metal remains, being melodic and driven by strong vocal harmonies, Magnus Holmberg's tasteful keyboards, and Markus Sigfridsson's fine guitar solos. There still a shade of darkness and heaviness, but never foreboding or dismal. Curiously, while Where Stories End is heavy enough to remain metal, the overall effect is more sublime. In the Blink of an Eye and the smashing Why I Bleed turn more on those melodic vocal harmonies, and a sometimes a near rock groove. Actually, Why I Bleed stirring and entertaining simply for that accessibility. Yet, A Fool's Utopia and Without a Sound find Darkwater heavy and provocative, using all their progressive skills to create atmospheric and deeply intriguing compositions.
With these observations it would be easy to conclude that Darkwater has not exceeded or moved beyond their debut. This would be only partially correct. The consistent mastery of your sound is a sign of maturity for a band. Darkwater's prog metal on Where Stories End is melodic progressive done their way and done quite well. Recommended.
With their second release Where Stories End, Darkwater demonstrates both their maturity and mastery of melodic progressive metal.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]