DAGOBA

Gal­lic in­dus­trial met­allers dis­cover a mas­ter­ful use of melody

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums -

Seven al­bums into their ca­reer, Dagoba have cracked a win­ning for­mula with Black Nova. From the fore­bod­ing per­cus­sive in­tro Tene­bra right through to the al­bum closer Vantablack, this is an al­bum that fuses the elec­tronic and sym­phonic with flair. Mix­ing mae­stro Ja­cob Hansen (Epica, Vol­beat) ren­ders the light and shade of Dagoba’s sound by lay­er­ing their in­tri­cate in­dus­trial synth melodies and groov­ing gui­tar riffs with­out los­ing any of the dy­nam­ics of the in­di­vid­ual el­e­ments. Fur­ther­more, front­man Shawter’s de­ci­sion to re­vert to util­is­ing more clean vo­cals than he did on 2015’s Tales Of The Black Dawn is to his credit, be­cause it’s the more melodic mo­ments such as The In­fi­nite Chase, Lost Grav­ity and the stun­ning cho­rus of Phoenix & Corvus that re­ally stand out. Over­all, Black Nova is a grandiose and im­pact­ful al­bum – a bright star in Dagoba’s con­stel­la­tion.

FOR FANS OF: Amaran­the, Fear Fac­tory, In Flames

CATHER­INE MOR­RIS

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