What's that old Scottish saying? "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." It appears Scarlet Records fooled me with Dark Avenger's Tales Of Avalon - The Lament, pitching it as if it were a new album. It's not. It's from three years ago. Now, why would you do that? Why would you do that when Dark Avenger is actually releasing a new album, The Beloved Bones, next month. Would not want to promote that? Wait a minute. Oops. That album is not coming from Scarlet Records but from God Of Death Records. I won't be fooled again.
But, since I listened to the album, here's some information and commentary. Formed better than 20 years ago, this Brazilian band plays basically European style heavy power metal. The notable characteristics of the Dark Avenger sound are assertive heavy riffs, a thick bottom end giving their sound a greater degree of heaviness, and some bristling good guitar solos. There's also some slight symphonic nuances to some songs. The vocals, while generally clean, can sometimes sway to screamo, and sometimes they're muted in the songs by aggressive nature of the music.
As for the song themselves, they're a good mixture of speed (Doomsday Night, for example) and moderation (The Knight On The Hill, another example) in pacing and tempo. Something of a power anthem comes with Stronger Than Death, where acoustic guitar adds some needed softness to the Dark Avenger sound but, largely, it's still an assertive arrangement. More milder is the ballad, Can You Feel It, largely vocals over acoustic guitar until reaches it's crescendo. This particular album is the second of two parts, having a theme relating to the Arthur legend. The first part Tales Of Avalon: The Terror was released a whopping 15 years ago.
So there's enough words about what essentially is a reissue of a three year old album. Overall, I liked it, maybe not something I'll spin again, but I liked it. Makes me wonder what's ahead in the new album, The Beloved Bones which, Scarlet Records, I should have been reviewing. Cripes.
Dark Avenger's Tales Of Avalon: The Lament, a platter of traditional European power metal from Brazil is a reissue of a three year old album because, apparently, Scarlet Records couldn't pitch me their forthcoming new album.
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