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Review: Dragonlord - Rapture

Label: Spitfire Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 35:05
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: September 4, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.57/5 (71.43%) (14 Votes)

Here's an album that's been a long time in the making and that had been the buzz for many months before its release, due mostly -and understandingly- to the fact that it's Testament's Eric Peterson's project. Peterson does vocals and guitars on this album. The name of the band might make people think that this is yet another dungeons & dragons power metal band, but it's nothing of the sort. The sound actually remind me more of Cradle of Filth - that's right. Omnipresent synths (argh!) and overall the same kind of beat. The vocals are nowhere nearly as annoying as Dani Filth's - thankfully. Don't get me wrong here, this is not yet another CoF offspring, but a lot of elements here remind me of CoF's work.

The guitars and drums are pretty good overall, although often overshadowed by the sometimes too strong synth sounds - a shame really, as some guitar riffs are very good. This is not a bad album but then again, I didn't really find even one outstanding track. There's no really weak track either. Not bad, not very good either, pretty much average stuff to this listener's ears. Not something I'll get an urge to listen to after this review. But then again, some people will probably dig this and beg for more. To each his own! ;) Anyway, on the next album I hope they'll go easy with the damn synths.

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