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Band
White Skull
Title
The Dark Age
Type
LP/EP
Company
Frontiers
YOR
2002
Style
Power
2/18/2003 - Review by: Eric Compton
White Skull - The Dark Age - reviewed by: EC

Track Listing
1. Penitenziagite (intro)
2. The Dark Age
3. Grand Inquisitor
4. Maid Of Orleans
5. New Crusade
6. The Edict
7. Voice from the Heaven
8. Devil's Woman
9. Torture
10. A New Handbook
11. Sentence Of Death
12. Theme For The Innocence
The Dark Age marks the fifth release for this Italian power metal group, and the band's first album with a male singer. Gustavo Gabarro takes over the mike from original vocalist Federica De Boni. This is a pleasant change for me due to the fact that I'm not a huge fan of female vocals. Gabarro comes across as a fitting vocalist for White Skull, sounding like a dead ringer for Death SS frontman Steve Sylvester.

This unfortunately is the last disc to have Nick Savio on guitar, as he has left the band to pursue the hard rock sounds of Vicious Mary. His guitar performance is just overwhelming on this record, adding a deep layer of hard rock and power metal grooves on each track. White Skull have a signature Italian power sound, but in this case I believe the album title has done the band justice, as this record brings a new "Dark Age" to the White Skull sound. Cuts like the title track, "Grand Inquisitor" and "New Crusade" are very eerie at times, almost sending an apocalyptic message to the listener, reminding me of Dark At Dawn meets Death SS in that regard. Great hooks capture other tracks, previewing what Savio had in store for his new band Vicious Mary, elevating songs like "Devil's Woman" and "A New Handbook" to guitar glory.

This type of record is exactly what White Skull needed at this point of their journey. I hope the band strays from the typical power metal sound and explores more of this "darkside". Lets welcome the Dark Age, and welcome the new White Skull. --EC 2.18.03



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
This one gets extra points for the naked chick on the cover.

--Nailer
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TITLE
DOR
COMPANY
REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
The Dark Age
2002
Frontiers
Eric Compton2/18/2003
-
Under This Flag
2012
Dragonheart
Eric Compton3/13/2013
2.5

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