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There is much to like here, including Hugo Santiago's pushy, exciting solos and an attempt to capture Queensrÿche's quality in their pomp.

It's the name of a computer virus writer; but, perhaps more worryingly, add an "s" and it becomes a current Marvel comic series. No wonder Brazil's Dark Avenger, who were after all around first, are not tripping off the tongue; especially after dropping several albums, with this one coming out in 2001. So why now? Well, that was another 'Tales Of Avalon'. This is the 'Lament' you see; tied up with Arthurian legend and mixed with all chunky intention by Michael Wagener. Glad we cleared that up!

The music here ain't bad though; because it takes us back to a time when Prog Metal wasn't called that. It was a time when it was Metal with a grandiose sweep; call it "old-school Prog Metal" if you like. Sometimes this sounds like those wonderful granddaddies of 'em all – Queensrÿche. In fact, Mario Linhares sounds uncannily like Geoff Tate on the most successful tracks here, and there's nothing wrong with that. The airy verse and lyrical chorus of 'The Knight On The Hill' and 'Broken Vows' are just great, solid Metal. They also throw in some other ideas too; the latter parts of the album mainlining Battle Metal styles, breast-beating as horses gallop among the thin synths of 'Dead, Yet Alive!', and screaming through the narrative of 'Sicorax Scream', which sadly is not as good... in fact it's a bit hackneyed.

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Dark Avenger are loved by many, and not just because they conform to a certain style. There is much to like here, including Hugo Santiago's pushy, exciting solos and an attempt to capture Queensrÿche's quality in their pomp; in fact, it's led to 'Rage For Order' being back on the player for the first time in ages – no bad thing either.

The Marvel Dark Avengers inhabit a parallel works where Norman Osborne has allowed others to take the personas of the Avengers; ordinary people acting like superheroes. This Dark Avenger is not super but neither is it ordinary.

Steve Swift

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