Black Moor

The Conquering Black Moor - The Conquering (Diminished Fifth) 2009

1. Beyond Hell (3:59)
2. The Conquering (5:06)
3. Warshark (4:25)
4. The Human Disease (5:01)
5. Death to the False Emperor (4:52)
6. Fiend (5:49)
7. The Blood Moor (4:51)
8. Red Blood, Cold Steel (4:33)
9. Acid Biker (6:24)
10. Breath of the Dying (7:51)

Black Moor are a heavy metal band, plain and simple. Their sound is certainly retro, riding that familiar border between traditional heavy metal and speed metal, putting the band squarely in the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal camp. Their sound is heavily influenced by the classic 80's metal bands with a big nod to early Iron Maiden. The dual-guitar intro to of the opening track "Beyond Hell" immediately sets the tone for the entirety of the album, with its early Iron Maiden feel and raw Eric Hanlin's Dianno-esque vocal delivery. "The Conquering" is packed full of stellar guitar solos, dual guitar harmonies, and little interludes, such as those used on songs like "Death to the False Emporer" and the title track. There are also some minor surprises such as the piano intro to "The Human Disease" and the brief acoustic guitar used in "Fiend." Many of the tracks features fantastic guitar jams as well, with songs like "Breath of the Dying" clocking in at nearly eight minutes and the majority of the songs clocking in at over five minutes long. Though the album is fairly melodic, there are some heavier moments as well. The title track has moments that remind me of early Metallica with Hanlin's vocals even having that Hetfield grit. "The Conquering" isn't going to win any awards for the most inventive mix of styles or for being the most original band out there, but that's not really the point either. The point is to make great, fist-pumping, head-banging, classic heavy metal and in that they succeed.

Strange Love Black Moor - Lethal Waters (Diminished Fifth Records) 2012

1.  Hellraiser (3:40)
2.  Thunderhead (3:48)
3.  Lost In The Shadows (4:04)
4.  Midnight Warrior (3:57)
5.  Into Eternity (4:29)
6.  Night Danger (3:22)
7.  Hatred's Maze (5:02)
8.  Lethal Waters (3:59)
9.  Frozen Tombs (5:17)

Black Moor are a heavy metal band from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who are part of the world-wide New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal movement. Formed in 2005, their first full length album "The Conquering" was released in 2009. "Lethal Waters" is their follow-up album and is pure, unapologetic heavy metal. Think denim and leather, bullet belts and headbanging. Their music is heavily inspired by many greats of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, especially early Iron Maiden, with a touches of speed metal. The album is chock full of galloping rhythms, dual guitar leads, sharp guitar leads, thundering bass and drums. For fans of traditional heavy metal, these guys are absolutely infectious.

My one point of contention when I first popped this CD into my player was the vocals. Eric Hanlin's vocals threw me for a loop when I first heard them. He sings with a clean, mid-range vocal style and never really pushes outside of a very narrow range, with the exception of a couple growled vocal parts in the thrash-y "Night Danger". For whatever reason I didn't connect with his vocals on the first couple of listens, but with subsequent spins I began to enjoy them more and more, and at some point even began to sing along.  Night Danger...Night Danger...

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