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The 10-track release by American black metal troupe Dragonlord features an accurate depiction of the genre. Handling guitar and vocal duties surprisingly is none other than Testament’s Erik Peterson, who, alongside the four other members, provides a searing black metal disc that rivals Dimmu Borgir or Cradle of Filth, almost to the point at times of out and out plagiarism. Emblazoned with strong songwriting, wonderfully placed atmospheric keyboards on “The Curse of Woe” that make the song, masterful performances from top to bottom, and a solid production not unlike the band’s at the forefront of today’s extreme scene, BLACK WINGS OF DESTINY’s captures an overall ominous feel throughout, even on the juiced-up closer, a cover of Thin Lizzy’s “Emerald”. This disc may unfortunately be written off as yet another endeavor by a band trying too hard to emulate a certain style, but if you dig the genre that much and don’t mind yet another outstanding band with a similar sound, then this disc will put you in black metal heaven.
- Mike SOS