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Review: Dagorlad - Herald Of Doom
Herald Of Doom

Label: Shiver Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 54:50
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death/Black

Rating: 1/5

Review online: July 26, 2009
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating
Herald Of Doom

Rated 3.56/5 (71.25%) (16 Votes)

It takes all sorts, I suppose. Yet another set in a long line of bands still worshipping at the Bathory altar, Dagorlad's third album Herald of Doom sees the two-man outfit trying their best to compose and perform a collection of criminally boring and badly produced warrior chants, and what do you know: they've succeeded. Sans some invigorating orchestral arrangements, Dagorlad's music is completely devoid of color, tarnishing their epic enchantments in a patina of lifelessness. At times, Herald of Doom is quite imaginative; recalling the sweeping scores of age-old PC titles like Baldur's Gate and the first Warcraft, but this becomes tired very quickly, mainly because of the DIY production and musicianship, which is severely lacking. The vocal melodies are non-existent, and amidst the monotone growls and badly spoken narration, the guitars plod along at mid-pace behind the wall of cheap synths and harpsichords. "Silver Cross Brotherhood" stays closer to Black/Folk metal ground where as "Dwarves" and "Elves" pick up the tempo and step into something resembling TYR territory, perhaps reviving something salvageable.

A very poor release that could have been so much more and I think, considering the album's title, Dagorlad are aware of this, too.

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