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DARKWATER

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DARKWATER was formed late 2003 in the western parts of Sweden. During the first years of existence they only did a few selected shows in Sweden while working on the material for their debut album. During summer and fall 2006, DARKWATER recorded and mixed the album, and in early 2007 a deal was inked with the Swedish label Ulterium Records.DARWATER'S full length debut,"Calling the Earth to Witness",was released later the same year.

DARKWATER have created a melodic.progressive metal masterpiece, with just the right amount of progressive metal influences. If you like melodic metal, and progressive metal bands like SYMPHONY X,DREAM THEATER and SHADOW GALLERY, you will love DARKWATER.Highly recommended to all progressive metal fans.

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Discography:
Calling the Earth to Witness, studio album (2007)
Where Stories End (2010)

See also:

- Harmony

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4.05 | 126 ratings
Calling the Earth to Witness
2007
3.64 | 88 ratings
Where Stories End
2010

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 Where Stories End by DARKWATER album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.64 | 88 ratings

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Where Stories End
Darkwater Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Out of the many European moderately progressive metal bands, Darkwater's Where Stories End is one of the most accessible albums. In fact, I can imagine a metal head taking his girlfriend, who is more into goth or new wave, to the show. Don't worry, boy, the band is technically proficient. Don't worry, girl, they won't hit you in the head with frenzied intros or sudden changes. Intros are mostly melancholically lush, melodic tweaks in subsequent verses and choruses, transitions between various movements and moods - from mysterious to the more agitated and, less often, more uplifting - smooth. For slightly more adventorous, but less refined, version of the same, check Darkwater's first album.

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 Calling the Earth to Witness by DARKWATER album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.05 | 126 ratings

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Darkwater Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Calling the Earth to Witness is a surprising beast. Darkwater's second, Where Stories End, is a highly melodic, but fairly standard piece of lightly progressive metal, with a pop-gothic feel. The first album is not dissimilar, maybe a bit rawer and heavier, not because of the guitar sound - it's crunchy but not banging - but of overall feel. But Darkwater guys allow themselves to stretch out here more, resulting in some 9-minute-plus songs with winding instrumental jams and heady prog structures (on Habit and Tallest Tree). Jams not your usual guitar-synth rapid solos plus atmospheric break, but groovy (especially song Again) and not always predictable. A peculiar feature is the vocal - good, but something I'd associate with some American teen angst song, for example, given the lyrics of All Eyes On Me.

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 Calling the Earth to Witness by DARKWATER album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.05 | 126 ratings

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Darkwater Progressive Metal

Review by dtguitarfan

5 stars This is one of those bands that became a favorite of mine almost right away. I actually wasn't sure about it the first time I listened to their debut, but after each listen I loved them more and more. While some people compare them to Dream Theater, and I do hear the resemblence, they also have a style their own - a little more laid back, relying less on lightning fast riffs, and building more on the compound rhythms. This is quite possibly one of my top 10 most played albums in my collection - one I keep coming back to after periods away, and I would recommend it to anyone.

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 Where Stories End by DARKWATER album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.64 | 88 ratings

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Where Stories End
Darkwater Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. "Where Stories End" is DARKWATER's followup to the amazing debut, and it's regarded by most to be just as good as the first one and I think it's close but...while I felt the debut ran out of steam part way through then picked back up this one has even more of those average sounding tracks but only a couple more. So yeah i've enjoyed this for the most part but the excitement I had with their debut didn't happen at all here. More of the same I suppose, plus i've been listening to a lot of DAY SIX's latest which for me is a better Prog-Metal album and it's hard not to compare when i'm listening to them during the same week.

"Breathe" opens with synths but it turns heavy quickly.Vocals after a minute. A good start. "Why I Bleed" opens with strings then it kicks in.Vocals before 2 minutes. I'm just not feeling it with these first two tracks.Strings end it. "Into The Cold" has a good heavy sound with an orchestral flavour though.Vocals after a minute.The best part of this track is the instrumental section beginning before 4 minutes. A calm follows but not for long.Vocals are back before 6 minutes. "A Fool's Utopia" opens with piano then a heavier sound rolls in followed by vocals.This is a good one.

"Queen Of The Night" is heavy to start as synths join in. I like the atmosphere after 3 minutes. A nice heavy soundscape follows. Excellent tune. "In The Blink Of An Eye" is another heavy track and the guitar sounds great 4 minutes in. Keys a minute later. Atmosphere before 6 minutes to end it. "Fields Of Sorrow" opens with atmosphere as it builds to a heavy sound.Vocals after a minute. It settles back 3 minutes in. It slows down after 4 1/2 minutes but it's still heavy then it picks back up.

"Without A Sound" opens with piano then things turn heavy. Lots of synths and heaviness before 4 minutes. Piano only 5 minutes in then it kicks back in. "Walls Of Deception" is another heavy tune but it's not as good as the last five.

3.5 stars because it's just not doing much for me. I don't look forward to playing this one like I did with the debut.

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 Calling the Earth to Witness by DARKWATER album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.05 | 126 ratings

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Darkwater Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars DARKWATER are a Swedish Prog-Metal band and this is their excellent debut released in 2007. Man i'm impressed with this band and album. In fact after the first four tracks I was thinking 5 stars but then it leveled off for me but it's still a very solid 4 stars. What is it with Sweden and Metal ? The bass player thanks Daniel Gildenlow and the gang. I like just about everything about this album, well except for the short ballad (haha). I love the way the keyboards are implimented and the singer has an excellent voice.They can rock hard or create atmosphere.

"2534167" is a short and strange intro. "All Eyes On Me" kicks in heavily rather quickly. As I mentioned earlier the keyboards are a nice touch and used so well here. Vocals around a minute as it settles. Contrasts continue. What a great sounding tune. Love the dark mood and also the uplifting chorus and those words "Don't stare. Don't stand so close". It kicks in hard after 5 1/2 minutes. "Again" is heavy duty to start. How good is this ! It settles with keys a minute in. So good as the guitar joins in. It's still heavy.Vocals before 2 minutes. I like that crunchy sound with vocals. A nice heavy sound after 6 1/2 minutes with background synths. "Habit" kicks in hard quickly.Vocals before 2 minutes. Lots of riffs here too. I like the calm after 4 minutes then it kicks back in as contrasts continue. Great sound 7 minutes in. An all out assault before 9 1/2 minutes. Piano only before 11 1/2 minutes then it kicks back in. Absolutely amazing up to this point.

"The Play-I" is a short ballad with fragile vocals and piano. Not a fan. "The Play- II" is much better.The tempo picks up when the vocals arrive.Vocals and piano only before 5 1/2 minutes as it continues to shift and change. Nice and heavy 7 minutes in. "Shattered" has a heavy intro then the synths take over. Heaviness is back ! Nice and crunchy as it settles in. Great tune but not as good as songs 2 to 4. "Tallest Tree" is heavy then piano only takes over before the heaviness returns.Vocals join in. Nice guitar solo 3 1/2 minutes in. Riffs follow. Piano only again before 5 minutes as themes are repeated. "In My Dreams" opens with keys then it kicks in heavily. Great sound here. We're galloping a minute in.Vocals follow as it settles some.Guitar solo before 4 1/2 minutes and piano comes in late.

A must for Prog-Metal fans and I can't wait to hear their latest.

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 Where Stories End by DARKWATER album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.64 | 88 ratings

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Darkwater Progressive Metal

Review by colorofmoney91
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4 stars I generally don't listen to a lot of progressive metal, but this album, Where Stories End, is just superb.

Something that usually turns me off of progressive metal bands are their tendency to be unbearably technical for no good reason other than for the sake of technicality, which is something that Darkwater seems to have eschewed from their sound. This album is full of wonderfully crafted, memorable, and catchy progressive metal with a few hints of technical prowess shown only at the right moments. Another thing that this band has that other progressive metal bands sometimes lack is a great vocalist. Henrik Båth has some great pipes, and he never uses his vocals for the prog metal banshee effect. The only other progressive metal band that I'm familiar with is Dream Theater (duh, c'mon...), and I'm thinking that I actually prefer this Darkwater album over most of DT's work for all of the above reasons. If you feel similar, then this album should be very comfortable. Another plus concerning this album is the atmospheric symphonic keyboard touches that really give this music an epic and spatial feel.

Definitely one of the better prog metal releases I've heard over the past few years. Highly recommended, and a great example of the road that progressive metal should continue on.

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 Calling the Earth to Witness by DARKWATER album cover Studio Album, 2007
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Review by AlexDOM

5 stars Solid, solid, solid. Darkwater have released an incredible debut. The instrumental talent is superb as most prog metal bands are. Though I smell no cheese, this is serious music instrumentally and more so lyrically. Though not quite as technical as say Dream Theater, they rely heavier on great melodies and such. I love the vocalist too. I know for some the guitar chugging can be repetitive, but honestly with all my like to extreme metal and such, this is some of the best guitar chugging I've ever heard. I love whatever sound the guitarist is using, it just rocks. Sure there are great little instrumental breaks (The song Again has such a sweet one that I think Mr. Petrucci would be pleased) For the sub-genre of prog metal this is one the best albums in the genre period. The sound is unique, unlike most of the prog metal bands I've heard (but love prog metal anyway). This is a masterpiece. Tallest Tree has one of the most powerful lyrics I've heard. And Shattered, wow that song rocks. The rest of the album is solid too!

Five out of Five.

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Review by BrufordFreak

3 stars A little too heavy for me, yet I can see the attraction: like a more refined, more technically proficient and creative though heavier JOURNEY or LOVERBOY, BLACK SABBATH, 38 SPECIAL even a little bit of DEF LEPPARD. The keyboards and frequent tempo changes make this music stand out. The moments when there is an absence of guitar chords--where the voice and keyboards get to really stand out (e.g. "Why I Bleed," "In the Blink of an Eye," "Without a Sound"--are the moments that really show this band's special talents. So, while heavy and metal prog are not really my cup of tea, I begrudge no one their enjoyment of this music. It's very well constructed, very well performed, interesting, and often melodic. 3.5 stars. To me, it just doesn't sound new or different enough to warrant four stars.

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Review by devox

5 stars You know that album in your head, the one you just don't have the talent to make real, well it appears that Swedens Darkwater have been rummaging around in my head because this is as close to the music i would make given the talent. Opener "Breathe" is everything an an album opener should be. There is some dazzling guitar work and a rock solid bass & drum combination. Baths' vocals have just the right melodic tone to complement the music. Its all suitably Epic in structure and tone. Epic is a fine word for the bands output. Second track "Why I Bleed" has an eastern tinged opening before unleashing the sort of pomp you associate with SAGA or MAGNUM, just that bit heavier. "Into the Cold" has a great guitar/keyboard dynamic and a truly fantastic mid song instrumental."Fools Utopia" starts with a nod towards Dream Theater and has an eastern tinged keyboard sound. "Queen of the night" is a real highlight, great guitarwork and album highlight drum work. The real problem this song has is the stupidly infectious chorus... If ahab had a hook this big he'd of landed Moby Dick. Any sort of serious airplay could catapult the band into the stratosphere. "Blink of an Eye" is the Lyrical highpoint of the album. Recalling Rage era Queensryche as the musical bombast layers over a bleak tale of domino effect dispair. "Fields of Sorrow" has another excellently bleak lyric and is probably the most musically varied song on the album. There is a beauty/beast mechanic within the music which works incredibly well. "Without a Sound" is the other outstanding single on the album. A powerful rhythm section drives the song and the band again show an ear for a catchy chorus. Album closer "Walls of Deception" is a suitably epic end to the album. The Keyboard work is beautifully understated and it provides a fine end to the album. Taken as a body of work its very hard to fault this album. Technically superb, with a real feel for melody and a fine vocal performance from Henrik Bath. Both Drum and Bass are used to enhance the songs and drive them along with real force whilst Holmbergs' Keyboards are just about perfect. There are some dazzling guitar solos but never at the expense of the song. In fact this is a band who seem to know that the song is more important that any flashes of virtuoso playing. As a result you have 9 beautifully crafted songs that never outstay their welcome. It can be said that they are not pushing the boundaries of the genre but that would be missing the point. Yes the influences are pretty easy to spot. Queensryche, Savatage, Dream Theater and Fates Warning are all nestled in their collective record collections and it lends the album an air of familiarity. However, all of those bands would be more than happy to release an album of this sustained quality. If they can get themselves onto the right shows and support gigs they have every chance of becoming massive which, quite frankly, is what they deserve on the back of this album. As i said at the start, this is pretty much the sort of music thats in my head (when the voices shut up) and as such this is the best Prog Metal album i've heard since Savatage were telling tales of DT Jesus. 5 stars all the way.

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 Calling the Earth to Witness by DARKWATER album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.05 | 126 ratings

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Review by cpuobsessed

5 stars This is one album and band that is a must for all progmetal fans. The vocals are top notch and never sounds like someone reaching for a note they know they can't hit. "All Eyes on Me" is an excellent example what progmetal is about. The use of keyboards is never over over done or dominates any song, Darkwater carefully balances all instruments on every song. The two suites "The Play/Shattered" and "Tallest Tree/In My Dreams" show off as examples of what progressive music can be. I first heard these songs on progrockandmetal.net and didn't understand why "Tallest Tree" was the top on the request list until I heard it.

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