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Spanish power/neo-classical metal group Dark Moor offered one of their heaviest, most tightly produced efforts to date with 2010's Ancestral Romance. Unstoppable drum bashing and technical metal guitar riffing met with equally considered theatrical vocals and fantastical classical orchestrations on every track. Highlights to this perpetually epic album include the multi-faceted opener "Gadir" and the throwback hair metal riffs of "Oh! Wretched Me." Sometimes the hair-metal factor gets a little too high in the mix, as on the corny, cringe-worthy "Just Rock," but despite a few missteps, Ancestral Romance remains one of Dark Moor's stronger albums.


Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

One of Spain's longest-running heavy metal exports, Dark Moor was founded in 1994 by Madrid-based guitarist Enrik Garcia, and after honing their fantasy-laced power metal via three demo tapes (1996's Tales of the Dark Moor, 1998's Dreams of Madness, and 1999's Flying), signed with the independent Arise label for the release of their full-length debut, 1999's Shadowland. This was followed by releases like The Hall of the Olden Dreams (2000), The Fall of Melnibone (EP, 2001), The Gates of Oblivion...
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