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Dragonlord - Black Wings Of Destiny

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Becoming Of
Curse Of Woe
Sins Of Allegiance
Until The End
Mark Of Damnation
Blood Voyeur
Black Funeral (Mercyful Fate Cover)
Emerald (Thin Lizzy Cover)

Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2005
Label: Escapi Music
Categories: Black, Death, Symphonic

MetalBite Review by Krys on 7/19/2006
"Black Wings of Destiny" is a sophomore release from this symphonic black metal act Dragonlord. Obvious comparisons can be made to Dimmu Borgir, Cradle Of Fitlth or Old Man's Child but Peterson and Co. do it so well that "Black Wings..." overshadows every release from those bands over last 4-5 years. Peterson with Steve Smyth (Nevermore, ex-Testament) are delivering crushing riffs perfectly meshed with symphonic keyboards played by Livingston and supported by tight rhythm section of drummer Jon Allen (Sadus) and bassist Derek Ramirez (ex-Testament). With this musical background "Black Wings of Destiny" is heavily influenced by Bay Area thrash scene that adds distinctive element to their sound and showcases musical abilities of band's members. Every aspect is taken to the highest level and coupled together at times reminds me of high days of Arcturus. Even covers are done so well that if you don't pay attention you might think they're Dragonlord own songs. Fans of melodic and symphonic black metal will find a lot to like on this album and before mentioned bands will have a lot of work to do if they want to catch up to Dragonlord.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 10
Atmosphere: 8
Production: 10
Originality: 7
Overall: 9

Rating: 8.8 out of 10