Rating:
6.1
Black Moor - Lethal Waters
21 August 2012


01. Hellraiser
02. Thunderhead
03. Lost In The Shadows
04. Midnight Warrior
05. Into Eternity
06. Night Danger
07. Hatred's Maze
08. Lethal Waters
09. Frozen Tombs


Holy hell! Here's something totally fresh for you; a young band playing classic 80's style metal. Totally not overdone yet at all. Better get on this bandwagon now, lest you want to look like some geezer neanderthal.

Maybe opening this review with a scathingly sarcastic remark isn't entirely fair, because Black Moor really aren't that bad, the only problem is, the sophomore full length Lethal Waters is about 5 or 6 years too late. Undiluted nostalgia pieces were pretty novel not too long ago. As these things go unfortunately, novel things generally progress into a widely saturated market. The only way to really overcome this is to either A) dilute/fuse your music with some new sounds to give it some kind of unique, interesting edge, or B) just be the biggest dog under that umbrella. Black Moor are neither the big dog, nor are they all that creative. They're another one of those bands who borrow their sound from swaths of 80's speed & NWOBHM bands; the sound is so white-wash standard it's sometimes difficult to directly pin down specific influences.

Let's pretend you've been living under a rock for the past 5 years, would Black Moor be impressive in that case? Moderately. The riffs are pretty juicy, but overall Lethal Waters has a certain indescribable feeling of thinness, almost completely personified by the vocalist; once again, not terrible, but just lacking in any real definition. The singer isn't especially powerful and doesn't have any unique grit. If you want a good idea of how this band sounds, think of Cauldron. That's it. Black Moor have same lack of defining personality, the same thinness, and the same tendency to rely almost entirely on a few good hooks (not to mention having a pretty similar, albeit slightly better sound than Cauldron.)

There you have it, a luke-warm review for a luke-warm album.


 



Written on 25.08.2012 by
Doc Godin
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Mr. Doctor - 25.08.2012 at 13:03  
Well, I liked the Cauldron 2011 release... But I doubt I will try this one.
Doc Godin - 25.08.2012 at 13:18  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 25.08.2012 at 13:03

Well, I liked the Cauldron 2011 release... But I doubt I will try this one.

I just wished this album was awesome because of the artwork, it's fantastic.

However, this band is pretty much interchangeable with Cauldron for me. Not bad, just not something I can get excited about. I probably would have loved this a couple years ago, but there's so much of this type of thing out there now.
Mr. Doctor - 25.08.2012 at 13:20  
Written by Doc Godin on 25.08.2012 at 13:18

I just wished this album was awesome because of the artwork, it's fantastic.
However, this band is pretty much interchangeable with Cauldron for me. Not bad, just not something I can get excited about. I probably would have loved this a couple years ago, but there's so much of this type of thing out there now.


I think the only bands I've given some fucks for are Cauldron and Steelwing.
Ag Fox - 29.08.2012 at 12:00  
I'll probably let it pass. Cauldron was just a "good" for me, but I want something that makes me sit up
TippinOn44s - 31.08.2012 at 03:21  
I just listened to this album and I have to say these guys rock. Some very catchy tunes.

Overall I like their sound and am interested to see how they progress.

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