December 12, 2013 in Reviews
Reviewed by Sebastian Kluth
The Barque Of Dante is not only a famous painting by Eugène Delacroix, but also the name of a rather good power metal band hailing from the city of Mianying in Sichuan Province of the People’s Republic of China. Founded back in 2005, the band’s first record, Final Victory, was delayed by a year because the finished tracks and some of the band’s equipment was destroyed during the Panzhihua earthquake in August of 2008, and the band needed to start all over again. Their first record turned out to be a solid, if quite short album inspired by European power metal. The four Chinese decided to get even more European by adding Swiss singer Thomas Winkler of Emerald and Gloryhammer fame to their line-up back in 2011. In addition to this, Greek singer Vicky Psarakis (who has also done additional vocals for the critically acclaimed sophomore record of progressive metal band Until Rain) is also on board for Barque Of Dante’s sophomore output. The release of this record was initially due in October, but will finally be physically released just before Christmas of this year.