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Dark Avenger
The Beloved Bones: Hell
January 2018
Released: 2016, Shinigama
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

This album is a bit older but for some strange reason I am saw it pop up on a few ‘Year-End’ lists in 2017. Despite coming out in the summer of 2016, people seem to think it is a 2017 album. The reason is simple. It was originally released on the small Brazilian record label Shinigama and more recently in North America in the fall of 2017. Most people don’t know it came out in 2016 so it is now making 2107 lists. Better late than never! Since I reviewed the last Dark Avenger album, I will follow up with this one. The North American pressing was originally slated to be issued on Scarlet Records as reported by myself last year, but now it seems to have surfaced on Rockshot Records.



Brazil’s Dark Avenger has been having a bit of a resurgence since their reunion in 2013. They have completed their King Arthur based, double concept album set, released a live album and released another new studio album called THE BELOVED BONES:HELL. This album sees some big line-up changes with only singer Linhares remaining in the fold. Accordingly there is a slight evolution in sound but by and large they continue with excellent Power Metal with a few progressive and orchestral flairs. The album is well performed and produced, solid Power Metal, lots of good soloing ands vocal performances from Linhares. The album tends to be a bit of a slower burn, rather than a full-speed assault, making for a slightly more melancholy feel. The whole thing is executed pretty flawlessly.



THE BELOVED BONES: HELL was originally intended to be a two-part thematic album set, much like the previous pair. I say it ‘was’ (past tense) because that is unlikely to happen now, due to some tragic circumstances, described in more detail below. Lyrically the album has each song center on the concept of hell or some sort of pain and/or punishment…or living hell. The darker lyrical approach is complimented by the sever-so-slightly darker sound on this record. One part that features prominently in many songs are big bells, almost like tubular bells, making for a really epic feel.



Lastly, we must end this review on a sad note as we commemorate the passing of the sole remaining/founding member, vocalist Mario Linhares on Dec 22nd, 2107. What this means for the future of Dark Avenger is unknown but considering the line-up instability and lack of productivity of the band (only 4 albums in 25 years) I’m predicting this will be the end of this band that was just starting to rise in the global Power Metal ranks. A second album DIVINE was proposed but we are unsure if it was ever written, recorded or if it will ever see the light of day. A tragic scenario to be sure but we can take solace in the fact that they ended (if this is indeed the end) on a high note with this superb album.
Track Listing

1. The Beloved Bones
2. Smile Back to Me
3. King for a Moment
4. This Loathsome Carcass
5. Parasite
6. Breaking Up, Again
7. Empowerment
8. Nihil Mind
9. Purple Letter
10. Sola Mors Liberat
11. When Shadow Falls

Lineup

Mário Linhares Vocals
Glauber Oliveira Guitar
Hugo Santiago Guitar
Gustavo Magalhães Bass
Anderson Soares Drums

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