Blacklands – this german band was founded 2006 by drummer Thomas Kelleners. In the year 2007 keyboard player Manfred Reinicke and female vocalist Moja Nardelli appeared. After several tries the band found their actual line up in 2010. Blacklands published a 6-song-demo in 2011 and they were also performing live on stage.
Already the first song „Cold Embrance“ is really good and keeps you excited for the following tracks. The melody lines are worked out nice. And you also will not get disappointed with „Dance of the Witches“. It starts in rockin’ style and it can keep it to the end. Especially the tempo changes are brilliant arranged. From happy to dark – you all can find that here.
The title track „A New Dawn“, which is sung by Giles Lavery (Dragonsclaw) is a breaker. It reminds from the first notes on to old Saga stuff. Well done !!
With „A New Dawn“ Blacklands deliver a well done debut. Those who like Marillion, Saga, Nightwish or similar bands, will find his place here. Personally for me there were missing some harder and more rockin’ songs, but this only my own opinion.
We can be curious of what’s coming next….
Points: 8 / 10
Review by Angel
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