Darkyra Black – Dragon Tears (Album Review)

Darkyra Black - Dragon Tears

One cannot but imagine how epic tracks from the gothic/symphonic metal genre, could be used in the latest release Bond films where the action is larger than life.
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And so it is with Dragon Tears, the first album release from Australian artist Darkyra Black.

Dragon Tears is a concept album, influenced firstly by the darkness and then by Japanese anime and horror films. One of Black’s university contemporaries asked for her assistance with vocals on an instrumental piece he’d composed, based on an inscription from ‘Puella Madoka Magica’, and thus the first track on the album ‘Madoka’s Lament’ was born.

The remaining ten tracks on the album were more influenced by horror films, and listeners can grasp the cinematic nature of the works.
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As with most metal of this nature, the instrumental aspect of the pieces is scarily adept. Garry King (drums), Paul Jupe (guitar), Betovani Dinelli (bass), Fabinho Jablonski (keyboards), Colin Haynes (guitar), and Thiago Trinsi (guest virtuoso guitar) work with Black’s vocals to create a dark, atmospheric vibe that tells the story of a geisha whose life is tragic. This creature of Black’s imagination suffers through love and loss, lust, revenge, and betrayal. Traditional Japanese pentatonic musical elements are woven through the instrumentals to give the subject of the authenticity of the lyrics.

Apart from one spoken track that is quite jarring, simply because Black’s Australian accent doesn’t seem to fit the whole concept somehow, the album is tied together nicely. Tempos vary and keep the listener interested for the most part. There are some points where the music just drones along, but mostly there’s enough interest to have us following the sad, sad tale of the geisha.

It seems that most gothic influenced first tracks begin with either the sound of a cold wind whistling, driving rain, or thunder, and this effort is no different, but apart from being quite predictable in style, the work on this album is solid and provides a good basis for moving forward into the future towards more experimental and surprising sounds.

Darkyra Black: N/A

Release Year: 2014
Label: self-released
Category: Album
Country: Australia

Reviewed by Sharon Brookes