Reviewed by Daniel Millard
I heard “Nevermore” and “In The Heart Of The Stone” over and over again during my early days discovering power metal on Pandora, and it sparked a love affair that has lasted since. Dark Moor is one of the most unique neoclassical power metal bands in existence, and has built up an impressive resume of excellent music since 1999.
The full-length debut, with the same lineup that would last for the first trio of albums. Raw, unpolished, and highly indicative of what the band would accomplish down the road, and a great nostalgic listen.
The Hall Of The Olden Dreams (2000)
Garcia, Martin, and all the members of Dark Moor come into their own in a smashing follow-up that remains one of the finest power metal albums of its era.
The Gates Of Oblivion (2002)
The final full-length with Elisa and the original lineup. Can be thought of as The Hall Of The Olden Dreams, but with a bit of maturity and transition occurring. Just as good as its predecessor.
Between Light And Darkness (EP) (2003)
A parting shot from Elisa, and a worthwhile EP for the band, featuring a number of re-recorded songs and acoustic originals.
Dark Moor (2003)
A sound revolution, with Alfred Romero taking over vocal duties, and a couple of new faces from other Spanish power metal projects.
Beyond The Sea (2005)
Possibly Dark Moor’s weakest album. The band backs down on the metal aspect while adding more choirs and orchestration. Not as effective as later releases would prove to be in this style.
The band pulls itself together in a big way for a more straightforward, modernized, power metal release.
Romero dips harder than ever into the world of neo-romanticism, creating Dark Moor’s most thoroughly orchestral and bombastic overall work to date.
Ancestral Romance (2010)
Ars Musica (2013)