Dark Moor – Between Light And Darkness
Dark Moor – Between Light And Darkness (2003)
Reviewed by Daniel Millard
Though not a full album, Between Light And Darkness is the last Dark Moor recording featuring the first generation of the band, prior to the departure of the band’s original singer/drummer/rhythm guitarist combo. As a result, it is the last collection of original songs headed by Elisa Martin, and is a fairly interesting entry into the band’s discography.
Between Light And Darkness features eight tracks. The first four are original recordings, but are unlike other Dark Moor material at the time in that they are all entirely acoustic. Among these, opener “Memories” is of particular note, as it’s an extremely memorable song with some excellent acoustic guitar work (something that Enrik doesn’t showcase very often). “From Down And Dusk” is a spry, folky track that gives Elisa further opportunity to display her more tender side – another aspect of the band that was somewhat lacking on the first three studio releases. The final of these four, “Echoes Of The Sea”, is something of an ambient track that certainly calls a picture of sea voyage to mind. Of all the short ambient tracks and instrumental orchestral arrangements that the band has composed throughout its career, this is my favorite, right here.
The fifth track is “Mistery Of Goddess”, a more traditional ballad-like track featuring a great deal of classic piano that makes it a worthwhile piece – if you don’t have a Japanese copy of The Gates Of Oblivion that includes it as a bonus. “The Shadow Of The Nile”, which I already called out in my review of The Gates Of Oblivion, also appears here, making this album a nice place to pick both of them up.
The last two tracks are both re-recordings. The first is a re-working of the band’s mini-epic, “Dies Irae” from The Gates Of Oblivion. It’s not a bad take, but I prefer the original. “The Fall Of Melnibone” is a quality epic track from the EP of the same title (released in 2001 between The Hall Of The Olden Dreams and The Gates Of Oblivion), and I’m not upset by it’s inclusion here, as that EP was not worth purchasing on its own.
On the whole, Between Light And Darkness is a very good acquisition for completists and fans of the band, as it features 4 songs that can’t be found anywhere else, and a couple of tracks from foreign (to someone) pressings. All of the material here is up to par with Dark Moor’s usual quality standards, but expect a more mellow, varied journey compared to the band’s full length releases.
3.5 // 5