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Dragonlord
Black Wings of Destiny
January 2006
Released: 2005, Escapi Music
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Ah Dragonlord, the band blessed with loads of talent, great album covers, and a great push, but unable to do anything spectacular with those tools, has returned after a four-year hiatus with their second album. My above assessment of Eric Peterson and his assembled ghouls is based on their first album, RAPTURE from 2001. Taking a break from Testament, Peterson created a brutal, violent Dimmu Borgir record. Well played and crushing though it was, RAPTURE was still just a Dimmu Borgir album with a different name.

Skip ahead to 2005, and Peterson has returned with the follow-up (w/cool title included), BLACK WINGS OF DESTINY. Are the results any different? Sadly, no. The minute that “The Curse of Woe” kicks in to high gear, you will instantly be transported back to 1997 and the landmark “ENTRHONE DARKNESS TRIUMPHANT album by…you guessed it!...Dimmu Borgir. Peterson’s vocals recall Shagrath, and the windy, semi-creepy song-structures are straight out of the Norsemen’s handbook.

Of course, this is not to say that BLACK WINGS OF DESTINY sucks. On the contrary, it is another excellent record, well-played, well-produced, and competently constructed. It’s just that we’ve heard this before, several times. I understand that side projects like Dragonlord are meant to show off another facet of an artist’s thoughts, but there is nothing new here.

What IS here is some very good melodic black metal. “Sins of Allegiance” crushes amidst the hauntings of Lyle Livingston’s keyboards, while the short “Black Funeral” has one of the catchiest riffs to come out of black metal in 2005. Of special (odd?) note is album closer “Emerald”, a vicious cover of the classic Thin Lizzy song, featuring clean, melodic vocals from Peterson.

After all is done, Dragonlord has yet to put out a bad album, but they have yet to show any originality either. Are they worth checking out? Most definitely. Are they worth buying? That depends on the kind of mileage your get out of melodic black metal and your tolerance for copycats.
Track Listing

1) The Becoming Of
2) The Curse of Woe
3) Revelations
4) Sins of Allegiance
5) Until the End
6) Mark of Damnation
7) Blood Voyeur
8) Fallen
9) Black Funeral
10) Emerald

Lineup

Eric Peterson: Vocals, Guitars
Steve Smyth: Guitars
Derrick Ramirez: Bass
Jon Allen: Drums
Lyle Livingston: Keyboards

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Dragonlord
Black Wings of Destiny
February 2006
Released: 2005, Escapi Music
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

Dragonlord is an all-star band with members from Testament, Nevermore and Sadus and this is their second album. The debut came in 2001 and is called RAPTURE. If you think that Dragonlord have anything in common with Testament besides members you’re dead wrong. Eric Peterson and members are here exploring the darker side of life and the music they play is symphonic black metal with thick layers of keyboards and in the middle of it all I get a power metal feeling when Eric sings with his regular voice instead of death metal vocals. Musical references can be drawn between Dragonlord and Dimmu Borgir and Naglfar.



Amongst the 10 tracks on BLACK WINGS OF DESTINY Peterson has included one intro and also one cover of the Thin Lizzy track “Emerald”. It feels like Eric has found something that can be very promising in the future but it’s still too early to say if this is going to be a band to count on in the future. The main material is OK but sometimes in certain parts it feels like the band has put in songs that don’t feel like their quite finished yet. The strongest songs and killer tracks are “The Curse Of Woe”, “Sins Of Allegiance”, “Until The End”, “Mark Of Damnation” and “Fallen”. “Emerald” closes the album and Eric sounds a lot like the late Phil Lynott.

Dragonlord stays true to the original and do a frighteningly great version of the song.



Dragonlord went to Sweden to record this album in Studio Fredman in Gothenburg and producer is of course the owner of the studio Fredrik Nordström himself. The great Mr. Nordström has of course done a great production. That man can’t make any mistake as a producer.



The rating drags down because of the weaker songs, and also because of the overuse of keyboards and the power metal influences. Otherwise this album feels OK if you’re into the symphonic metal scene or curious what Eric Peterson does nowadays.
Track Listing

The Becoming Of
The Curse Of Woe
Revelations
Sins Of Allegiance
Until The End
Mark Of Damnation
Blood Voyeur
Fallen
Black Funeral
Emerald

Lineup

Eric Peterson – lead vocals, guitar
Derrick Ramirez – bass
Steve Smyth – guitar
Jon Allen – drums
Lyle Livingston – keyboards

Other reviews

» Rapture
by El Cid

» Black Wings of Destiny
by Waspman

» Black Wings of Destiny
by Anders Sandvall


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