Darkology are almost an underground version of a supergroup, with all four members of this Dallas, Texas based power metal group having an arm’s length of band credits under their belts. With that sort of pedigree its no wonder that together they have crafted quite a deep and rich second album with Fated To Burn. Kelly Sundown Carpenter’s vocals are very dark and haunting, yet they show the ability to hit the power chords and the high tones at an almost Halford level! The Brothers Harris (Michael on guitar and Brian on drums) are likewise cooking on all cylinders here as well. Mike Neal does a very excellent job with the bass to complete this very strong and versatile package. For the most part I have enjoyed a lot of their various projects over the years, and I do enjoy their debut album as well! That said, I think they have really come together at the right time and just really showed up on the same page with this one as the there is no denying the strong chemistry you get here. This album has such a dark and evil sort of metal feel to it, Kelly’s vocals provide plenty of bite (reminiscent of James Rivera’s Helstar and Jon Oliva’s Doctor Butcher) and the riffs are thick, chunky and lots of fun! This CD needs to be played from end to end with the volume cranked up to max! I would love to see these guys in a live setting and see how it would translate. A very awesome job and very fitting for the band name as well as the title!
Choice Tracks – Festival Of Fear, Eyes Of The Machine, Quantum Genocide, Kill Me If You Can, Holy