DARK HAUNTERS – TO PERSEVERE IS DIABOLICAL

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Revalve Records
Released: 2016
Buy Album: http://revalverecords.bigcartel.com/product/dark-haunters-to-persevere-is-diabolical
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/DarkHauntersOfficial/

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Band Line-up:

EMANUELE “ARAMOR” BIZZARRO Vocals
SERGIO NALLIRA Lead & Rhytm guitar
VALERIO PIETRUNTI Lead Guitar
CHRISTIAN “MAYLORD” DI MARIA Keyboards Bass
GIUSEPPE “VRAKOR” AMADIO: Bass
CLAUDIO MARTELLA: Drums

Tracklisting:

01 – In Perseverance
02 – The Burning Eyes of Vengeance
03 – Legend of Pai Mei
04 – Blood Wolfen Hunger
05 – In My Fortress
06 – The Tigress & the Prophecy
07 – Rising Through the Curse
08 – …Towards the Realm

Review:

The somewhat literally named Dark Haunters are an Italian symphonic black metal band that formed in 1999. In May this year they released their latest album ‘To Persevere is Diabolical’ which came after the departure of three members, two of which founded the band.

As the band’s name suggests, their sound is somewhat dark and haunting, and the album opener is an eerie atmospheric track that builds up and climaxes with some intense choral sounds. As the album goes on it’s clear that the band’s main focus is creating atmosphere, and they deliver oceans of it. The choirs and operatic female vocals really add a touch of power.

Although the band is atmosphere focused, the rest of the instrumentation does not lack power with its raging tremolo guitars and blasting drumming. Some of the time a lot of the sound is lost in the mix, which is a downside to the album.

It isn’t the most original or imaginative thing I’ve ever heard, and mostly follows the symphonic black blueprint laid out by the likes of early Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir. It’s not bad at what it is. If that’s the sound they’re trying to achieve, then they haven’t done a bad job. In fact, they do a much better job of creating that intended atmosphere, whereas many of their peers have failed and created an empty, sterile sound.

Review by Jacob Ovington
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