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Review: Black Moor - The Conquering
Black Moor
The Conquering

Label: Diminished Fifth Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 52:58
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: September 14, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Conquering

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (9 Votes)

Black Moor is a relatively new band hailing from Nova Scotia, Canada which presents this debut following their 2006 demo. In a nutshell, these guys are pretty old school and worship early Iron Maiden – think the first two albums, when the band was at its rawest and riding the NWOBHM wave. Throw in a bit of a doomy attitude, and you've got Black Moor. The vocalist reminds me a lot of the vocalist from Goat Horn (now Cauldron), though there are times when he sounds more like a variant of James Hetfield (with his "newer" style, as opposed to his 80s style). He's pretty decent overall, but the vocal melodies vary quite a bit – sometimes very cool, sometimes very dull. There are times when the vocals sound a bit emotionless and it can make some songs feel like a drag. Not too much of that, but enough to make me want to skip a couple of songs on occasion.

Musically, this really is early Maiden meets Goat Horn – lots of galloping riffs and Maiden-inspired melodies, albeit with a little unique touch that makes you go "Hey, I've heard this before but… oh… wait" – well, you get the idea. ;) Things are anywhere from slow to mid-fast paced, the slower and doomier moments being very much reminiscent of early Goat Horn (the vocals have a lot to do with it), while the faster moments are a mix of both the aforementioned bands, served with Black Moor sauce.

Now this has a lot of ingredients that should make me love this, but besides the slight annoyances with some vocal melodies I mentioned earlier, the album feels a lot longer than it is. At some point I had the feeling it was a good half hour longer than it is. Some songs that feel a bit repetitive could probably have been shortened and made much better as a result. I can't say that they should have cut out some songs, because there's none that feels like complete filler.

Save for these few minor things, this is a really cool album worth checking out, and Black Moor sure have made it on my list of bands to watch. If they fine-tune their style, their next album might make a lot of noise in this crowded metal world. In the meantime, we've got a real decent offering to chew on.

Track Listing:
  1. Beyond Hell
  2. The Conquering
  3. Warshark
  4. The Human Disease
  5. Death to the False Emperor
  6. Fiend
  7. The Blood Moor
  8. Red Blood, Cold Steel
  9. Acid Biker
  10. Breath of the Dying
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