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Darksun: Libera Me

Darksun: Libera Me

Melodic Heavy/Power Metal
Rating: 3.75/5.0

Spanish metal band Darksun revisits their roots on their latest release, 'Libera Me' by singing in their native language. Their previous and excellent work, 'The Dark Side,' was their first album entirely in English. However, make no mistake the stylish melodic metal still remains. 'Libera Me' is a very good follow up to their previous recording demonstrating obvious similarities, but also some subtle new directions.

Without doubt, Darksun still delivers melodic metal with the best doses of symphonic, power and progressive metal mixed in the recipe. The vocal arrangements and guitar solos are top rate and probably the most pleasing characteristics of Darksun to these ears. Yet,'Libera Me' shows some new direction by having a generally heavier feel throughout, but more specifically on songs like 'Meido,' 'Lagrimas De Un Angel,' 'Saltar Al Vacio' and 'Libre Como El Amanecer,' all of which are very good. This tendency is never overbearing or monotonous thanks to the overarching melodic arrangements of 'Libera Me.'

The other newsworthy nuance is the addition of some mild dirty/death vocals found on several songs. Mostly likely Darksun intends the dirty vocals for accent. However, they often come across as a poor attempt to ride a trend that is more abundant and abused than necessary. On songs like 'Huella En La Arena,' 'Saltar Al Vacio' (horrible) and 'Odio Eterno,' they are wholly needless and, frankly, often sound more amusing than natural or musical.

'Libera Me' is another fine accomplishment for Spain's Darksun. The work is heavier than previous outings, but this does not diminish Darksun's powerful and impressive melodic metal. The only fault lies in their unnecessary use of dirty vocals which, in less able hands, could have easily torpedoed the entire work.

In Short

'Libera Me' is another fine accomplishment for Spain's Darksun. The work is heavier than previous outings, but this does not diminish Darksun's powerful and impressive melodic metal. The only fault lies in their unnecessary use of dirty vocals which, in less able hands, could have easily torpedoed the entire work.

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