Dark Avenger – The Beloved Bones: Hell

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Dark Avenger – The Beloved Bones: Hell
Rockshots Records
Release Date: 13/07/2017
Running Time: 56:45
Review by Victor Augusto
9.5/10

Every time when I try to express what I think about Dark Avenger it is always hard for me. Maybe it is because their music helped me to stay strong in difficult periods of my life or maybe because I have a friendship with them. The fact of the matter is the band are legends in Brazil which makes it even more difficult but let me try to do it again.

The band was created in the early nineties and fast reached strong success with their Traditional Heavy Metal. Albums like “Dark Avenger” (1995) and “Tales of Avalon – The Terror” (2001) are considered the classic ones. After a short hiatus they returned in this decade and released the incredible final part of “Tales of Avalon-The Lament” in 2013, but in 2017 things changed. A reformulated band showed to the world a new ambitious saga and all tales and epical stories were left behind. Now the main subject was human inner conflicts and the music became much more aggressive.

All lyrics are a soliloquy that consists as a mental dialogue between REASON and EMOTION. Those two are the main characters here. REASON strongly attacks EMOTION and complains about a non-reaction from him to leave some specific suffering or problem. In the first instance, EMOTION flees and denies it. There is not a specific issue mentioned in the lyrics, considering that “hell” could be any kind of martyr of a normal life. Each song is a different mental stage. It goes from “unconscious” until REASON and EMOTION stop to verbally hurt themselves and start to fight together against all the problems to finally reach “freedom”.

Musically, this album shows an aggressive Dark Avenger. The guitar works from Glauber Oliveira and Hugo Santiago are amazing. They created plenty of complex riffs and solos with many progressive parts. Gustavo Magalhães has some great bass lines to complement the rhythmic parts as in ‘Nihil Mind’. There is an orchestral addition alongside the songs with a dense atmosphere. Everything sounds heavy in this album. Mario Linhares voice is famous for his high range notes, but this time he perfectly chose a more emotional interpretation of it, in a perfect DIO style and he even uses few guttural screams.

Just the three first songs ‘The Beloved Bones’, ‘Smile Back to Me’ and ‘King for A Moment’ are enough to feel how incredible this album is, but ‘Parasite’ deserves a special mention. It is the most aggressive and brutal song I’ve heard from Dark Avenger so far. The final part of the album has the amazing ‘Purple Letter’ as a farewell meaning. ‘Sola Mors Liberat’ finishes the battle and leaves the space opened for the beautiful and acoustic ballad ‘When Shadow Falls’.

“The Beloved Bones-Hell” shows an unknown Dark Avenger. It reveals a more brutal and obscure side from them and created expectation for the second part, supposed to be the “Divine” part. The band was preparing a European tour and this record was elected the best album in many Brazilian metal magazines and websites in 2017. Sadly, the singer Mario Linhares, the only original member, suddenly died in December of this same year.

Despite all the pain of loss, he left a legacy called Dark Avenger and he will always be remembered by his fans and friends. My first review for Ever Metal couldn’t be different. It is not the first time I have written about this album and it is still as hard as it was two years ago. The difference now is all the tears are dry. This review is dedicated to Mario Linhares and all people who love him.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Beloved Bones
02. Smile Back to Me
03. King for a Moment
04. This Loathsome Carcass
05. Parasite
06. Breaking Up, Again
07. Empowerment
08. Nihil Mind
09. Purple Letter
10. Sola Mors Liberat
11. When Darkness Fall

LINE-UP:
Mario Linhares (R.I.P.) – Vocals
Glauber Oliveira – Guitars
Hugo Santiago – Guitars
Gustavo Magalhães – Bass
Anderson Soares – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/darkavengerofficial/

 

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North of South – New Latitudes

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North Of South – New Latitudes
Rockshots Records
Release Date: 28/09/2018
Running Time: 33:46
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
7/10

North Of South, from Spain, was founded by guitarist Chechu Gomez (aka Chechu Nos) and he brings so much to the table musically. This album “New Latitudes” isn’t just pure rock. It is the complete package of metal, with a hint of pop and a dash of Latin influence, all mixed together with great guitar riffs, insane drumming, and both English and Spanish lyrics and so makes for a very powerful album.

The nine tracks on “New Latitudes” cover more than one genre and the changes from one to the other are effortless. There is an almost flamenco hint on some of the tracks, and you really don’t know what’s coming next.

It is truly refreshing to have tracks such as ‘Time Will Tell’, proving Chechu Nos’ voice can range from deep, harsh and gravelly to crystal clear and the incredible drumming makes you wonder how fast the poor guy was actually playing (it sounded exhausting to me). With vocals switching between Spanish and English, you are given a whole new view on “New Latitudes”. It is strangely refreshing that this is not a run of the mill metal album as it just has so much to give. The album has depth yet isn’t overpowering, guitar solos which are just mad, flamenco overtones to the sound, and then changes back to metal all in the same song!! I think it’s safe to say this is truly a different kind of metal.

As a personal preference, I would have loved a few more tracks but we don’t always get what we want and let’s hope, with the intense tracks on this album, there will be plenty more releases in the pipeline. After listening to “New Latitudes” I’m not sure if I should be in a mosh pit or doing flamenco or even trying to create a mix of both! That would make for an interesting dance!

“New Latitudes” was recorded at Zoilo Unreal’s Studios (Marin Spain) which is familiar with the Spanish extreme metal scene, having been involved with bands like Unreal Overflows, The Anthagonist and Unhuman Nature.

On the whole, “New Latitudes” is great, with so many different genres covered and yet such a great listen and it’s all wrapped up in one album.

TRACKLIST:
1-The Human Equation
2-Nobody Knows
3-Balance Paradox
4-Before We Die
5-Crystal Waters
6-There’s No Glamour In Death
7-Time Will Tell
8-Faith Is Not A Hope
9-Montreux

Links:
https://northofsouth.es/en/
https://www.facebook.com/NorthOfSouthOfficial/
https://www.instagram.com/northofsouthofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQN43eyfE0YZrwM349JZCXw

 
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