Dragonlord
Black Wings Of Destiny


3.0
good

Review

by Kit Brown USER (73 Reviews)
February 16th, 2006 | 43 replies | 6,930 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Several weeks ago, I was in a dry spell musically. I had given up hope on North American music with the exception of a few bands, being Arsis, Lamb of God, and Shadows Fall. After being fed up with most of the current metal acts in the states I began to think that there weren't going to be any more great bands coming out with great releases for a very long time...and then I found...

Dragonlord's Black Wings of Destiny

In case you're not familiar with the band, let me fill you in. Dragonlord is the side project of Testament guitarist Eric Peterson, apparently a project that has been in the works for some time now. The lineup here is most of the current Testament lineup with the addition of Psypheria keyboardist Lyle Livingston. The resulting album, Rapture, is for all intents and purposes a black metal album, as the vocals, keyboards, and song pace is undeniably black, while the guitarwork, unsurprisingly, is more thrash-based. Peterson's vocals are quite good (occasionally Cradle Of Filth-like), and overall this is a very good album, surprisingly genuine (in other words, it doesn't sound like Peterson is just hopping on the black metal bandwagon), and well worth recommending to black metal fans, and probably Testament fans as well. After releasing Rapture this album was brought upon the world, and this has been one of the most promising North American releases I've heard in a long time.

Dragonlord is:
Eric Peterson - vocals/guitars
Steve Smyth - guitars
Derek Ramirez - bass
Lyle Livingston - keyboards
Jon Allen - drums

The album immediately starts off with an epic intro, "The Becoming Of". It's not really much of a song but it gives the album a sense of atmosphere, which is haunting and enraged. Once the band really begins to start playing, I first thought to myself that they sounded a lot like new age Dimmu Borgir. Eric Peterson's vocals are very similar to Shagrath and allow the band to take on their black metal sound. I think that a perfect description of them would be a mixture of Shagrath, Ihsahn from Emperor, and his clean vocals remind me of ICS Vortex from Dimmu Borgir.

Don't mistake these guys for modern Dimmu though, they're much better than that. Their riffs are much more complex and enjoyable, especially on songs like "Revelations" and "Until It Ends". Eric and Steve do a great job of locking in together to create a very tight and powerful guitar section. The riffs aren't so complex that they will blow your mind, but they're certainly technical enough so that they will please most metalheads out there. The two of them also occasionally has some very tasteful and uplifting guitar solos like on the song "Sins of Allegiance".

Like I said earlier, this album has a lot of atmosphere. A major contributing factor to this would be the keyboard work by Lyle Livingston. While his playing is quick like Children of Bodom, it's chilling and great for the album's dark feel. Lyle also uses a wide range of keyboard settings, which are occasionally that of an orchestra. This will definitely please the symphonic metal fans out there.

For all of you drum fanatics out there, Dragonlord would be a pretty good band to check out. The album is chock full of beastly fast double bass drumming and blast beats. Jon Allen's speed is top notch, but he's not all too creative. This isn't all too much of a setback though because he's just meant to keep a strong backing beat for the group. As for the bass work, let's just say that it's nothing too special. Derek isn't nearly as talented as the band's past bassist, Steve DiGiorgio. He just provides a strong low end groove for the songs that allow the guitars just to solely be louder. Bassists out there won't really find anything revolutionary on here.

Pros:
-- There is a dark and chilling atmosphere throughout.
-- The guitar riffs are technical and enjoyable.
-- Very impressive and fast drumming.
-- Great production quality.
-- Great harsh vocals.
-- There isn't any filler on here.

Cons:
-- The clean vocals seem out of place.
-- There is a lack of creativity from the rhythm section.

Final Rating: 3/5



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Confessed2005
February 17th 2006



3314 Comments


Good review! I really like 'Testament' and the odd black metal band, so I am going to check these guys out.

Thor
February 17th 2006



10176 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No one's commenting this, how sad.

Cravinov13
February 17th 2006



3854 Comments


Finally! A Dragonlord review! And a good one too. :thumb:

Aakon_Keetreh
February 17th 2006



448 Comments


Good Job Thor!

:thumb:

i have heard of this band before but never listened to there music

so i really cant say much.

Silenius
February 17th 2006



302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not very stellar from what I heard, good review though.


Much better bands can be found in this genre.

canadapantsman
March 4th 2006



236 Comments


very power metal... i dont like Emerald all that much but some good stuff here

Cravinov13
March 5th 2006



3854 Comments


there is no power metal in this band whatsoever

Diabulus in musica
March 5th 2006



485 Comments


rapture is awesome....i think there is some power metal in dragonlord

Thor
March 6th 2006



10176 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

There are some power metal influences, but they are clearly a black metal band.

MIKE666
May 14th 2006



13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

THIS IS SO AWSOME. THE DRUMS ARE KILLER. THE MUSIC IS SWEET THIS CD IS A TOTAL CLASSIC!!!!

metallicaman8
May 14th 2006



4677 Comments


Is it really necessary to put all your messages in cap-locks?

Also, this is a good band, but I don't like the name it makes them sound kind of nerdy, like they play dungeons n' dragons.

Thor
May 14th 2006



10176 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well I can always go back to that old saying "don't judge a book by its cover". This band is really awesome.

metallicaman8
May 14th 2006



4677 Comments


Agreed. None the less I don't like their name

mjjm1184
August 4th 2006



16 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Never heard of them, but i'll check them out.

Fistertain
August 10th 2006



19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review, good album. I like their first album a lot more though. I'm a thrasher at heart and that album was just filled to the breaking point with headbanging thrash riffs. DRAGONLORD!

MeowMeow
June 18th 2007



662 Comments


I dig this band's overall feel and sound, but it gets a little stale after a while. I think they have the highest potential of any metal band.

south_of_heaven 11
August 19th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is cool.

Zoo
August 19th 2007



3759 Comments


[quote=Thor]I had given up hope on North American music with the exception of a few bands, being Arsis, Lamb of God, and Shadows Fall.[/quote]

Have you not heard of The Absence?!!

I absolutely love Testament, so this sounds promising.

Brain Dead
August 19th 2007



1150 Comments


when he wrote this review, The Abscence had only released one generic melodeath album.

Hawks
March 13th 2008



34344 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Much better than the first album, which wasn't that great. This has more of a Black Metal sound than the first. And about the whole American band thing, ever heard of The Black Dahlia Murder???

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