Dragonlord - Black Wings Of Destiny (Escape Music/NMS) - Back
To say Dragonlord is a supergroup is an understatement. To find a band matching this caliper, is impressive in its own right, but a band that plays symphonic black metal, is more like turning a dream into reality. I’ve always liked this band ever since its inception, and the new disc “Black Wings Of Destiny” is no exception. Featuring Eric Peterson (Testament), Derek Ramirez (Testament), Steve Smyth (Nevermore), Jon Allen (Sadus) and Kyle Livingston you can call Dragonlord black metal with thrash tinge or since their background is so thrashy you can probably say thrash with a black metal main vein, either way this is impressive. Heavy and explosive black metal, and heavy metal thrash riffs have a tendency to have that effect. These blazing speed-driven riffs are all over this CD as well as majestic riffs. There are also solos with precision and vocals that are exactly what you would expect for black metal. And you can’t forget the insane blast-beats and perfectly played majestic keys blended with the blackened riffs. The layering of this album has been done superbly, probably because it was recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden; a nice rounded sound. Dimmu Borgir, Susperia, The Covenent (before they industrialized) come to mind as you listen, even Emperor and Cradle of Filth. Its almost like they molded their style directly from Dimmu Borgir and the other greats. With the amazing quality of their talents combined to create this masterpiece, you can put Dragonlord up with other choice black metal bands. You can even say this is as good as the band members’ main projects. Toward the end of these ten songs are the covers of Mercyful Fate’s “Black Funeral” and Thin Lizzy’s “Emerald.” Both covers kick ass! Not much left to say except don’t miss this disc.


Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins