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Change direction, but still good - 73%

edwild, July 30th, 2011

With their third album the Italians changed the style adopted in the first two discs, leaving the metal and on to an epic power metal a little dirtier. Another noticeable change was for the entry of a new vocalist, Davide Dell'Orto. In the first few songs you realize that Dario Beretta continues composing great tracks, but there is still something to put the Drakkar in a range above the third level metal world.

In the first two tracks "Razorblade God" and "Man And Machine", are left aside the issues of cloak and dagger to invest in something more modern and cyber. The result is interesting, but confuse the old fans. Since the song "To The Future" is very antagonistic, with vocals Tim "Ripper" Owens and a melodic chorus. This same track also draws attention to new keyboardist Solarino Conrad. With an introduction by bass and keyboards and clear the track "Inferno" shows something more rhythmic and modern trends in its overall structure, but again with melodic passages, although the chorus has no major attractions. Again there is a good emphasis on keyboards this time and a cool guitar solo.

The next song is called "The Matrix", shows a more lyrical of the new directions the band, citing the character Morpheus from this cult movie. In general the result is weak, but you can not say a bad track. In "Galadriel'Song" the group back into the realm of fantasy with an acoustic ballad median, those made to occupy more space than make a difference in the set list from disk. With a strange title "Lo Shan Shen Long Pa" again shows that keyboards are the new weapon in this work group, but without exaggeration and well placed in this power metal Another highlight was the vocals and epic choruses. Surely one of the highlights of the disc.

The latest songs are: "The Next Generation", a little below the others and to damp oscillations in vocal performance by Davide. Even so, after some auditions you may end up liking this song. Next comes "Witch's Dance" which is another very different position than the band had presented so far. Here we have a lot more vocal swing and dispossessed, and a keyboard very evident [more than necessary]. For me music is still very weak and that is there at the end of the disc. Also new here is the presentation of a cover for "Kingdom Of Madness" [Magnum], which adds little to the final outcome of this disc.

In my CD [released by Hellion Records label doBrasil] there is a bonus called "N-Zone," a nice melodic power metal, and the fastest track on the disc. Pretty cool, but I can understand that she was a little out of the new musical proposal of Drakkar. Also on the CD is a music video for "to the Future" with an animated film and amateur and formulaic, but at least counts as distribution and can be seen in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt9SX63mveM.

If the proposed change of lyrical and musical will be better or worse, will say only fans, but for now I think the band has simply evolved, or at least tried to escape the stagnation of a style sometimes too saturated.

Commenting on the non-musical factors critical to the booklet is worth a pretty rudimentary, primary, and do not use the space more intelligently. The cover is beautiful and already indicates a certain change in red tones, real different from those used to identify the band in the first two discs.