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The Modern Age
Released: 2015, Scarlet Records
To my own personal knowledge, France’s power metal heritage begins and ends with Heavenly and Fairyland. While I love Heavenly, I am sure they are not the end of the road when it comes to French power metal. Fortunately then, Darktribe are around to help carry the load. They are a new band with one previous album and an E.P. to their credit.
For a young band, THE MODERN AGE is incredibly polished, with a bright, clear production that allows the band’s equally polished Euro-power metal to shine. This album is pure happy power metal with a dark lyrical tone to give the melodies some edge and it is incredibly well-written. Darktribe is not doing anything new, but they have mastered the Euro-power metal style. The band occasionally adds in a neo-classical moment or progressive riff to add some spice, but by and large, fans of Dark Moor or the aforementioned bands will be instantly at home with this.
There are a couple of missteps along the way, with the ballad “Holy Water Day” in particular being easily skipped, but the balance of THE MODERN AGE is thoroughly entertaining and memorable. Anthony Agnello’s high, clear vocals are thespian, but for me it’s Loic Manuello’s catchy riffs that truly win the day, each song weaving together riffs that stick with me long after the album’s done. I’ve listened to this album the most of all of my reviews this month and I often do so back-to-back – it’s that good.
As I said above, Darktribe haven’t broken any new ground with THE MODERN AGE but they sure have issued an excellent addition to the power metal canon. Highly recommended.
2) Red House of Sorrow
3) My Last Odyssey
4) The Modern Age
5) A Last Will
6) No Train to Earth
7) Holy Water Day
8) Wild Call
10) Anthem for a Planet
11) Darkside of Imagination
Anthony Agnello: Vocals
Loic Manuello: Guitar
Bruno Caprani: Bass
Julien Agnello: Drums
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