Darkyra Black – “Dragon Tears” (2014)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Darkyra Black is a gothic metal singer from Australia. Darkyra Black is also a member of the band Achillea, but on her new album “Dragon Tears” the reins totally belong to her. The great unknown can be exciting, and I went into “Dragon Tears” knowing absolutely nothing about Darkyra Black, I am happy to say that with no preconceived ideas, “Dragon Tears” proved to be an impressive album.

Darkyra Black is also described as cinematic metal and that term also fits, because “Dragon Tears” is a complex concept album and the music offers a potent soundtrack for the story that is being told. Highlights include: “Lullaby of Death”, “Japanese Frankenstein”, “Tears by Candlelight”, “Kiss of the Dragon” and the spoken word coda, “Dragon Tears Story” which ends the album.

While “Dragon Tears” is a certainly a cool album, it still hints at better things to come for Darkyra Black. Still, I was struck by the combination of ambitiousness and complexity that Darkyra Black executes so well on “Dragon Tears”.

Rating – 77/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Madoka’s Lament
  2. Lullaby of Death
  3. Eyes Wide Shut
  4. Japanese Frankenstein
  5. Slither
  6. Before I Wither
  7. Cold Cold Stone
  8. Never Know
  9. Tears by Candlelight
  10. Kiss of the Dragon
  11. Dragon Tears
  12. Dragon Tears Story

 

Line Up

  • Darkyra Black – Vocals
  • Betovani – Guitar (Session)
  • Fab Jablonski – Keyboards (Session)
  •  George Boussounis – Keyboard/samples/arrangment  (Additional musician)
  • Michael Porfyris – Cello  (Additional musician)
  • Ilias Sdoukos – Viola  (Additional musician)
  • Laertis Kokolanis – Violin  (Additional musician)
  • Garry King- Drums (Session)

 

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