Vera : When Heidi Parviainen left Amberian Dawn late 2012, she founded her own project. Dark Sarah combines gothic metal with movie soundtracks and theatrical elements. The approach is rather musical alike, mainly focused on vocal dialogues between both protagonists. After ’Behind The Black Veil’ (2015) en ’The Puzzle’ (2016) this happens to be the third part of the trilogy about the schizophrenic personality of Dark Sarah. The tile is ‘The Golden Moth’ and after albums that were situated in the middle world and the underworld, we now go for wandering through the upper world.
It does not mean that our ‘Dark Sarah’ happens to be cheerful now. On the contrary, the album has a kind of mysterious approach with dark characteristics. Above all it is very symphonic, bombastic and brims with dialogues, mainly between Dark Sarah (Heidi) and The Dragon (JP Leppäluoto from Charon). Aficionados of opera and musicals will find solace in this. From time to time it is really mellifluent. Single ‘Trespasser’ might be a good example of what we can expect: polished and sleek symphonic rock that appeal to a broad mainstream audience. In ‘I Once Had Wings’ they even have the nearest approach to cabaret, with accordion from Netta Skog (for a short while in Turisas and Ensiferum). In ‘Pirates’ any folk influences can be detected, later we hear sturdy choirs. The pompous music with ever ongoing dialogues in vocals has another song to check out with ‘The Gods Speak’ in which Marco Hietala (Nightwish and Tarot) and female singer Zuberoa Aznarez (Diabolus In Musica) are involved, but generally speaking this might be mainly interesting for Nightwish fans and fervent attendees of festivals with female vocals. Thus for metal fans who sometimes listen to mainstream music… then it might be a professional done record.