Darktribe- The Modern Age (Scarlet Records)

If this is what the modern age of music is going to sound like, where would you rather be?
Release Date: 
21 Jul 2015 (All day)

An album full to the brim with strong melody, robust riffing and above all, a touch of class ,The Modern Age Is a well-rounded release which stacks up more than adequately within the power metal world.

It all starts with the album artwork. It’s hard hitting and it lays a clear theme for the direction Darktribe are taking their music with The Modern Age. The introduction, Humanizer, creates a pulsating excitement for what is to come and every time I hear it, it fills me with as much anticipation as ever, especially after the guitars come in and it really starts heating up. Unfortunately the transition from Humanizer into Red House Of Sorrow was something of a letdown. The momentum that had built up stumbled to a degree into the opening riff, which was a bit slow and out of place. All this, however, is forgiven once we reach the first verse of the album and Anthony Agnello is introduced. The singer’s French timbre is unique, yet thoroughly appropriate to the music Darktribe play. Throughout the entire album Anthony shows the strength of his voice through well-crafted vocal lines that flow excellently with the aggressive riffing of Loïc Manuello and Bruno Caprano on guitars and bass respectively. The highlight of the album vocal-wise occurs throughout the slower ballad Holy Water Day. There are more technically impressive sections elsewhere on The Modern Age but the versatility of Anthony’s voice is exemplified during here, especially during the climax of the song towards the end.

The greatest aspect of The Modern age is the ongoing contrast between the aggressive nature of the riffing and the cheery, jubilant sounds of the keyboards and orchestration. They bounce off each other and find a middle ground which is incredibly unique and greatly enjoyable to listen to. This is most noticeable after the second chorus of My Last Odyssey in the in spots throughout the title track The Modern Age. A downside to the overall sound of The Modern Age is the drumming. The guitars and vocals dominate the mix at the expense of a strong backbone drum sound at times. Although Julien Agnello does take the spotlight on occasion, most notably on easily the most enjoyable song of the album No Train To Earth. Starting with a deceptive Acapella rendition of the chorus No Train To Earth lets fly with a ridiculously energetic guitar melody, led by impressively fast drumming. This song is also the greatest example of the wild, triumphant guitar work that is consistent throughout The Modern Age.  Loïc Manuello creates some memorable moments with his lead work; the instrumentation after the first chorus of Rainwar is simply spectacular and none of his solo work can be faulted.

Darktribe have really found a formula on The Modern Age. It’s a unique listening experience, full of continuous vocal and guitar led melodic action. There is an odd riff that feels a little sudden in its change of mood, and the tail end of the album withered to a small extent, but it can’t be denied that this is an album to get stuck into.