After an excellent, cavernous Gregorian chant intro
track, Dark Fortress' music seems to signal that Tales from Eternal
Dusk is going to be a snoozer. Thankfully, it only takes a couple
of minutes of listening to this German melodic black/death band to realize
that this is a quality album. The sense of mediocrity is soon replaced
with the established black metal style of amorphous and speedy melodies
and harmonies. While the melodies presented on Tales from Eternal Dusk
aren't groundbreaking for the genre, they are quite good and will certainly
appeal to fans of extreme Swedish metal bands such as Dawn and Thy Primordial.
Fans of Dissection are especially encouraged to check this album out.
The only real, lingering criticism of this disk is
how tracks that run over into the next track don't segue smoothly. Rather,
the sound cuts out as the track changes, only to resume a second later,
like the album has the hiccups. Although sloppy and somewhat annoying,
this is really a minor flaw in an otherwise good album.