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A Review of The Gates of Oblivion by Spanish Power Metal Band Dark Moor

Updated on July 12, 2019
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

Track Listing for the album The Gates of Oblivion (Regular Edition)

  1. In the Heart of Stone
  2. A New World
  3. The Gates of Oblivion
  4. Nevermore
  5. Starsmaker
  6. Mist of the Twilight
  7. By the Strange Path of Destiny
  8. The Night of the Age
  9. Your Symphony
  10. The Citadel of the Light
  11. A Truth For Me
  12. Dies Irae (Amadeus)

The Front Album Cover for The Gates of Oblivion

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A Review of The Gates of Oblivion is Absolutely Necessary

The Gates of Oblivion is the 2002 album by Spanish power metal band Dark Moor and it is their finest work in the Elisa Martin era. I had initially written about this album when covering the life and career of Elisa Martin but here is a review of the best album of Spanish power metal band Dark Moor and without a review, the world would be deprived of a musical masterpiece.

In the Heart of Stone and A New World are this Album's Best Two Songs

In the Heart of Stone is about a person that wants to go through life as she has thousands of questions but there is only one answer. Why are we here on this planet called Earth? What is our purpose? I am getting emotional even reviewing this album in 2018 because of Elisa’s contributions to Dark Moor that will never be forgotten. She has left her mark on the band’s history and she was their best singer. What is our destiny on this planet the song asks? We could spend a lifetime trying to figure out the answer to a very complex question. A New World makes reference to Christopher Columbus’ journey to the new world, a world that was ravaged by starvation and disease. The first two songs on The Gates of Oblivion are two of the finest songs in the history of Dark Moor.

The Back of the Album Cover and Part of CD Booklet

The Gates of Oblivion, Nevermore & Starsmaker

What follows them is a classically influenced instrumental song. Nevermore might as well be a song about a writer that writes about horror stories. Starsmaker is a song about someone that gets filled with the feeling of love every time she sees the sun in the sky as the sky lights up the beautiful morning. But she gets into sorrow saying that she needs to see beautiful sunsets to satisfy her soul.

The Gates of Oblivion The Night of the Age

In the song “The Night of the Age”, we hear Elisa singing passionately about something that stole her hopes, dreams, and illusions. The person that is going through this is going to fight to regain what he or she has lost. Determination to fight against injustice and forces of evil is the way that we as a society can stand up to regain what we deserve to have. Who stole our hopes? Many people will say that life is not fair but that is a subjective statement. Elisa’s voice here is one of her best performances.

"In the Heart of Stone"

The Gates of Oblivion Final Thoughts

You will probably get a little emotional as you hear Elisa’s voice in the ballad style song Your Symphony. It is about an angel that comes to protect a girl that is lost in her life. She is assured of protection from this powerful light or force. The song A Truth for Me once again shows Elisa’s passion in the vocal department as she does a superb job in the first bridge section before the chorus. We can fantasize about happy lovers all that we want to but we must send love to the universal light of love to live a happier life. By writing about the greatness of Elisa Martin, hopefully more people will see that I intended to show why she is a vocalist that deserves more attention than she got while a member of Dark Moor. That is when I had included a partial analysis of this album in my biography about her. A Truth for Me is a song that can describe how a person who is in tears is really feeling. The woman’s only love is for the light of the vast Universe that loves us all no matter what age, ethnic group or nationality we are. Just as Elisa Martin loves singing, the person described in this song loves life very much. If only she could flee from what she describes “sorry thoughts” then she can live a more peaceful and calm existence. How great is The Gates of Oblivion? I am tempted to give this album a 100 points out of 100 just for the fact that it is so brilliant from start to finish!

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© 2018 Ara Vahanian

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