Dark Moor - Ars Musica


7.7 | 95 votes |
Release date: 18 June 2013
Style: Symphonic power metal

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01. Ars Musica (Intro)
02. First Lance Of Spain
03. This Is My Way
04. The Road Again
05. Together As Ever
06. The City Of Peace
07. Gara And Jonay
08. Living In A Nightmare
09. El Ultimo Rey
10. St. James Way
11. Spanish Suite (Asturias)
12. The Road Again [acoustic version]
13. Living In A Nightmare [orchestral version]

Line-up
Alfred Romero - vocals, acoustic guitars
Enrik Garcia - guitars, piano, orchestration
Roberto Cappa - drums
Mario García González - bass

Guest musicians
Berenice Musa - vocals
Luigi Stefanini - piano, organ

Additional info
Produced by Luigi Stefanini.

Staff review by
Susan
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Within the world of power metal, Dark Moor is a band that deserves to be higher up the food chain. Sure, they're well known and respected, but they should really be on the top tier of the genre. Throughout their almost 20 year history they have consistently released amazing albums. Not just solid or "good stuff," actual great power metal. Even with a change of vocalist 10 years ago, they didn't skip a beat, and seem to continue improving with time and releasing standards of power metal.

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published 29.06.2013 | Comments (9)

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09.04.2013 - 21:22
Rating: 6
kaspair
Awesome! Can't wait for this one.
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12.04.2013 - 05:11
Rating: 8
mikeprado30
Beautiful cover art! And I hope just the best, cause the last albums were great
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12.05.2013 - 16:07
Rating: 10
The Warrior
Can't Wait !!
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19.05.2013 - 22:18
Spacerunner
"The road again" is a killer track. Maybe one of their biggest hits to date. I hope the rest will be on par.
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19.05.2013 - 22:24
Susan
Smeghead
This band has released many solid and amazing albums over the years but the last one, Ancestral Romance, I didn't love.

Overall, they're probably one of the best, most solid power metal bands out there, and still quite underrated for it! May this album put them back on top.
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25.05.2013 - 17:14
Rating: 7
Vikcen
Metálico
Written by Susan on 19.05.2013 at 22:24

This band has released many solid and amazing albums over the years but the last one, Ancestral Romance, I didn't love.

Overall, they're probably one of the best, most solid power metal bands out there, and still quite underrated for it! May this album put them back on top.


I totally disagree, in my opinion Ancestral Romance is the best álbum with the singer Alfred Romero, where he really starts to performance better his voice. Also i hope that this album is as good as the previous .
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29.05.2013 - 16:28
Rating: 8
Patrick Andersen
These guys are not that familiar to me, but I'm really curious about this new album. I bought Ancestral Romance as a new release, but haven't given it the time of day yet. I get the impression that they're right up my alley though, so I'm excited about that.
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18.06.2013 - 04:55
Rating: 8
mikeprado30
Written by Patrick Andersen on 29.05.2013 at 16:28

These guys are not that familiar to me, but I'm really curious about this new album. I bought Ancestral Romance as a new release, but haven't given it the time of day yet. I get the impression that they're right up my alley though, so I'm excited about that.

Dark Moor is a band with two ages. First was from 1999 to 2003, when the singer was Elisa C. Martín (ex-Fairyland, Hamka, Dreamaker), with her the band did an AMAZING Power Metal sometimes with symphonic elements but not so much as nowadays. Also Elisa's voice is not the cliche operatic you'd expect from any band of this kind, she ROCKS!!!

And the second age is from 2003 to nowadays, with Alfred Romero in vocal duties. Alfred undoubtedly is a singer who has grown in his voice quality throughout the years. Surely he doesn't this times the screams that recorded in the band's homonymous album, but he catches you with some amazing Baritone vocal performances very powerful, and sometimes he sounds alike Khan.

I'm digging now this new album now that it's leaked and I must to say that is a little slower than their previous releases from which I'm listening, but the catchiness and the powerful sound (without mentioning the great guitar solos by Enrik García and, of course, the tremendous Alfred's performances) are still here. I thank this line-up remains and I hope more albums from them
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18.06.2013 - 07:46
Rating: 10
LBestia de Oz
AWESOME AND GREAT, DARK MOOR STILL IN THE PATH OF GREATNESS
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18.06.2013 - 09:22
Rating: 8
Patrick Andersen
Written by mikeprado30 on 18.06.2013 at 04:55

Dark Moor is a band with two ages. First was from 1999 to 2003, when the singer was Elisa C. Martín (ex-Fairyland, Hamka, Dreamaker), with her the band did an AMAZING Power Metal sometimes with symphonic elements but not so much as nowadays. Also Elisa's voice is not the cliche operatic you'd expect from any band of this kind, she ROCKS!!!

And the second age is from 2003 to nowadays, with Alfred Romero in vocal duties. Alfred undoubtedly is a singer who has grown in his voice quality throughout the years. Surely he doesn't this times the screams that recorded in the band's homonymous album, but he catches you with some amazing Baritone vocal performances very powerful, and sometimes he sounds alike Khan.

I'm digging now this new album now that it's leaked and I must to say that is a little slower than their previous releases from which I'm listening, but the catchiness and the powerful sound (without mentioning the great guitar solos by Enrik García and, of course, the tremendous Alfred's performances) are still here. I thank this line-up remains and I hope more albums from them


Thanks man, that's great. It sounds really promising and tailored to my tastes in a lot of ways. I'm definetely gonna be digging through their discography.
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19.06.2013 - 06:58
Rating: 8
mikeprado30
Written by Patrick Andersen on 18.06.2013 at 09:22

Thanks man, that's great. It sounds really promising and tailored to my tastes in a lot of ways. I'm definetely gonna be digging through their discography.

I recommend you beginning with their best album with Elisa: THE GATES OF OBLIVION (also their best one and part of my top-10 ever), and also their best with Alfred: AUTUMNAL (this one is like hearing Nightwish with a baritone)
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19.06.2013 - 10:31
Rating: 8
Patrick Andersen
Written by mikeprado30 on 19.06.2013 at 06:58

I recommend you beginning with their best album with Elisa: THE GATES OF OBLIVION (also their best one and part of my top-10 ever), and also their best with Alfred: AUTUMNAL (this one is like hearing Nightwish with a baritone)


Hmm, that's nice. The Gates Of Oblivion and Autumnal... I'll see if both of the online-stores I frequently visit have got those two availaible.
In your opinion, is their discography a consistent one with only good albums, or?
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20.06.2013 - 06:56
Rating: 8
mikeprado30
Written by Patrick Andersen on 19.06.2013 at 10:31

Hmm, that's nice. The Gates Of Oblivion and Autumnal... I'll see if both of the online-stores I frequently visit have got those two availaible.
In your opinion, is their discography a consistent one with only good albums, or?


Well, I love all their albums. Maybe the slighty not so amazing (but still great) is IMHO Beyond The Sea. They are a band that never disappoints
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29.06.2013 - 17:43
Rating: 6
ProgVet
Well put together, but in the end it's just another boring, unoriginal, and forgettable Power Metal album.
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29.06.2013 - 21:19
Susan
Smeghead
Written by Patrick Andersen on 19.06.2013 at 10:31


Hmm, that's nice. The Gates Of Oblivion and Autumnal... I'll see if both of the online-stores I frequently visit have got those two availaible.
In your opinion, is their discography a consistent one with only good albums, or?


Their discography is QUITE consistent! In fact, I think everyone here will give you different favorites. I'd say Hall Of Olden Dreams if by far the best album with Elisa, and either Autumnal or Tarot could be the best with Alfredo. We all have different favorites, which just means each album is amazing One thing we can agree on is that they're nearly all great records!

I revived the general Dark Moor thread here --> http://www.metalstorm.net/forum/topic.php?topic_id=2378 so we can discuss ALL of our favorite albums from this spectacular band.
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Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
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01.07.2013 - 04:58
Wes
Really looking forward to hearing this, since I'm a huge fan of the last 2 albums, as weird as they are..
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13.07.2013 - 10:24
Rating: 8
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Is this typical of the post-Dreamaker lineup (all I've got is this and Gates Of Oblivion)? If so, I'll have to get more.
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19.07.2013 - 23:52
Rating: 7
Vikcen
Metálico
Written by M C Vice on 13.07.2013 at 10:24

Is this typical of the post-Dreamaker lineup (all I've got is this and Gates Of Oblivion)? If so, I'll have to get more.


More or less yes, but this is less power and more slow (less Living In A Nightmare that is awesome), bit by bit they have become more symphonic. Try with Autumnal and Ancestral Romance , and tell us =)
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06.10.2013 - 08:59
Rating: 8
mikeprado30
Well, the album is nice but the band slowly is losing speed, just Living In A Nightmare, partially The City of Peace, some parts of First Lance of Spain and The Road Again, still contains the Power Metal-ish essence, the rest of the album is more Hard Rock-ish and Gara and Jonay is a beautiful ballad. Also I feel Alfred didn't get so great in this album as he got it in Ancestral Romance (dat lyrical vocalz in Alaric de Marnac, Mío Cid, La Canción del Pirata, Ah! Wretched Me, Gadir, the chorus in Love from the Stone!!!).

Anyway their music is still enjoyable and over the top IMHO, but this one isn't better than Ancestral Romance, and Autumnal keeps being their best one with Alfred.

BUT!, there is one thing no one can deny, the basslines made in this album by Mario García are AMAZING!!! (specially in the solo part from Living In A Nightmare! )
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