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"Tales From the Darkside" (Aeon Records)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

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Another in the steady collection of epic metal bands, "Black Knight" deliver and deliver well. The power chords, soaring vocals and fiery leads herein are plentiful. That's the good news. The bad news is that there's nothing, musically, that makes Black Knight stand out from their peers, either. Although the musical performances are technically excellent, they don't offer anything that makes them stand out from any other standard epic metal band. And the production here is a little flat as well. 

That's not to say that this CD should be avoided. "Tales From the Darkside" is bludgeoning enough to warrant a listen or two. And the lyrical content is surprisingly deeper than usual - tales of poverty, war and the Almighty abound. And fans of the genre may want to sample another band. Just don't expect a sound that is anything new or unusual. Hey, sometimes that's just the ticket. 

Black Knight: Pieter Bas Borger - vocals; Gertjan Vis Richard Tseng - guitar; Hans Heider - bass; Rudo Plooy - drums.  

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Rating Guide:

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) A classic. This record will kick your ass.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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