Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. I'm sure that I've tried listening to Dark Princess before and thought of them as nothing more than an average band in a genre that is full of similar acts. But Spotify was insistent that I listen to their first album, and eventually I thought that I had nothing better to do anyway so sat down and listened to what I was being recommended.
And my god, this album is actually amazing. Admittedly Spotify does have some pretty good recommendations from time to time Astarte, Karkaos and Equilibrium to name but a few , so perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised. But what went wrong in the band's later stages of their career? This stuff just instantly got my attention, whereas the other stuff I'd heard had made no impact on me at all.
Putting that to one side, this album is seriously an impressive piece of work.
Not as heavy as the metal elitists would want, but for a modern gothic metal album this is a magnificent example. It isn't ever very complicated, but still feels like there's enough going on to keep your interest. You have the guitars, mostly to hold the band up but capable of producing some nice stuff on their own. The drumming is never going to be the most important instrument in a gothic metal band, but he does his job and keeps time with the music.
Then there are the keyboards, which sound decidedly different from any other keyboard I've heard in a metal band. They seem more focused on playing a style like techno rather than the gentle tinkering that most gothic bands opt for. And of course there's the singer. Olga Romanova is seriously impressive here, and I can't fault her in any way. The emphasis is clearly on her, and why not when she's got a voice like that. Maybe she's not as soft and lulling as many other female singers, but I'm quite glad of this because it keeps the band fresh.
It's certainly an interesting listen. Every song seems to be so well engineered too, even though the keyboard seems to contrast with the other instruments. It all comes together perfectly, and even if the band seems intent on shoving the square block into the triangle hole it never sounds like they're doing anything wrong. Definitely an odd listen, but one I'd highly recommend from the first minute to the last. That was huge mistake on my part. This album is solid throughout.
Anyway, the ten tracks presented here each have their own unique charm. The first track gets the album off to an odd start. Olga Romanova has a very distinguished voice that separates here from many of the other gothic vocalists. A plus for me.
It contains some odd techno elements near the beginning, but overall the great guitar and drum work hold the song high. Olga has the rare ability to get a high voice without sounding annoying. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Return to Book Page. Prophecies are simply words written by men of the past. What truth do they hold?
When the monsters from childhood dreams suddenly appear in real life, Hope French doesn't know what to believe. Is she going crazy? Should she tell her mother? And when strange people start coming around, showing up at her high school and at her home, the small world she's known with just her mo Prophecies are simply words written by men of the past. And when strange people start coming around, showing up at her high school and at her home, the small world she's known with just her mom, and good old faithful Cat, suddenly gets a lot smaller.
Truths from the past are coming to light, threatening the very core of Hope's beliefs. Every path in life is chosen, not predetermined. Or is it? Get A Copy. Published September 21st by Black Quill Publishing. More Details Edition Language. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews.
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Fingers crossed Sep 21, Nicole Johnson rated it it was amazing. This urban fantasy packs a punch and had my attention from beginning to bitter end. The Dark Princess can be read as a stand alone however characters from previous books books 1 and 2 appear and may spoil the story a bit. However those spoils only affect the first two books if you have not read them not this story.
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First of all I love the cover; it gives a clue to who this story is about and I find it fitting for the story. There is a ton of action and adventure in this story about a g Wow!! There is a ton of action and adventure in this story about a girl who learns through interesting and terrifying experiences who and what she is. There is a slight romantic triangle too. Everything comes to a head and has a good for now ending yet with promise of another book. I cannot wait to read more of Hope's story and see which side of her wins, the good side or the bad side.
I love both Cillian and Gabe. I have a feeling there is something more at work between Cillian and Hope; something Gabe cannot compete with. I love the characters and I especially loved seeing Vivian and Caleb again. Great book!
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I read an arc and willingly posted my review. Loved it! I just wish I knew who was behind it. RAWR The twists at the end, whew! I was not expecting them.
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This is more of a spin off. I can't wait to read more. Cillian or Gabe? The romantic in me is dying to know. Every single one of her books I have devoured in just a few days. They are so incredible I just can't put them down and The Dark Princess was no exception. It was absolutely incredible. Now, I was a little bit confused at the beginning of this book but that is completely my own fault.