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Review: Dark Avenger - Tales Of Avalon: The Terror
Dark Avenger
Tales Of Avalon: The Terror

Label: Megahard Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 64:47
Tracks: 14
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: November 28, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Tales Of Avalon: The Terror

Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)

This is the second and final album for Brazilian band Dark Avenger, who called it quits not long after this album was released, after almost a decade. This band never attracted much attention in their career, and their debut album is generally agreed to have been pretty bad, so this album got overlooked, when it is really pretty damned good.

Before their time, Dark Avenger were in the main of South American True Metal bands at a time when Angra-flower metal and Death/Thrash were the big things. This band had a more traditional style much more influenced by classic bands like Fates Warning and...well Fates Warning is pretty much it. Their sound ended up a lot like later Steel Prophet or Deadly Blessing with involved arrangements, arcane lyrics, dark riffing and air-raid vocals. The singer is very much in the Mathyasin/Arch school of high-pitched wailing, and he's really good. All the songs here are good, even if none of them are timeless, they all have enjoyable riffing and plenty of headbang fuel.

This isn't a lost classic, but heavy riffage plus some killer vocals makes for a solid album of classic metal goodness that just got lost when it came out. This is next to impossible to find, but it's worth tracking down.

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