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Review: Dark Nova - Sivilla
Dark Nova

Label: Black Lotus Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 48:39
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal

Rating: 2/5

Review online: June 8, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 1.5/5 (30%) (2 Votes)

This band has apparently been around since 1987. Well they must have kept pretty much to themselves because I had never heard of them before and, frankly, I almost wish it would still be the case. What Dark Nova present us with is a below average melodic power metal album that even includes a few hints of progressive, and way, way too much keyboards. In short, this album is boring. It's not horrible, it's not unlistenable, just boring, stale, emotionless. There are some occasional good guitar solos, even a couple of good vocal passages, but that just isn't enough to save it. Most of the guitar and bass parts are repetitive and uninteresting, when not downright annoying (chugga-chugga style - yuk) adding (subtracting?) to an already muffled guitar sound that would hamper any album. The vocalist has a good voice but he never manages to convey much emotion (it's actually the first time I ask myself if "boredom" is an emotion.)

I'm not familiar with their previous output, so I can't say whether they got better or worse. Maybe some people who aren't too picky will find something of value here, but personally I can't recommend this to anyone. Hey here's the chugga-chugga guitar crap again, time to hit the STOP button.

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