"Herald of Doom" (Shiver Records; 2008)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Here's an interesting recording with a sound all its own. "Herald of Doom" takes black metal attitude and vocals and combines them with folk and movie score music to create a unique effect that is the band's signature.

I think the secret here may be that Dagorlad isn't afraid to pile on the non-metal sounds. In fact, the opening instrumental has no metal or even rock'n'roll influences or sounds whatsoever. It sounds like the main title theme from a dark fantasy film. But when the band kicks in with the black metal guitars and growling vocals, they develop a sound that's a little like Dimmu Borgir or Bal-Sagoth but with more melody and with a balance of more non-metal to metal.

Atmospheric, entertaining, well-performed and beautifully produced, "Herald of Doom" is just the thing for fans of black metal who are looking for something just a little different.

Dagorlad: AOD - vocals; Philippe Gandibleu - guitar, bass, backing vocals and synthesizer.

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/dagorladbelgium

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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