Darkmiracle - A Better Tomorrow
Record Label: Unsigned
Producers: Juan Carlos Lora and Darkmiracle
Released: May 19, 2006
With the recent surge of success brought on by the so-called "scene," it's not so peculiar to see other spots on the globe taking a cue from America and joining in with what many of was would simply call a "fad". The fashion, the lingo and more importantly, it's definition, the music.
Down south a bit of the ways, in Dominican Republic, there has been a longtime infatuation with the American punk rock/alternative scene. Labeled as "Dominican Rock," swarms of bands have found success in their homeland by bringing music not often heard by others down there to a new audience.
Currently, the band finding the most success in all this is Darkmiracle, a foursome who sounds like older Over It mixed with Story Of The Year. Their debut full-length has found plenty of success in numerous publications and even earned them a hit song in not only their homeland, but with the Steven's Untitled Rock Show audience, where they were chosen as finalists for an unsigned band competition.
All of this begs the question, could they be the beginning of the next wave of new bands to spread the fever from America throughout the world? Cross your fingers and say yes, because it sure would be a nice change of pace to have more bands from South and Cental America finding some success here in the States.
Darkmiracle's album, A Better Tomorrow, is ten tracks that feature metal-influenced musicianship and vocals that are half punk-rock and half-screamo. It seems as if the band went for a "live" sound with the recording which pays off in some ways (the organic quality gives it a genuine, true-to-life sound) and doesn't in other ways.
Vocalist Robbie Cabrel has the potential to be a better singer, but there are times on the album that the singing is off-key and the layered vocal production seems askew. More than half the songs on the album seem like they would be extremely good if re-recorded with a better budget and a more experienced producer (I can see somebody like Cameron Webb working with them). It's a hard thing to be an unsigned band in a smaller country that may not have the best facilities for good-quality recording, so the album comes across as a series of demos.
Hopefully, somewhere out there, a label (hello, Lobster Records) is intently listening and hearing the potential Darkmiracle has for recording a solid blitz of punk rock fury. The best cuts on this disc ("Cold And Anxious" and "The Drama") could very well be fan favorites if given a tune-up with somebody who has worked with similar bands.
There are definitely some great songs on this disc, they just need some work done. The tighter the sound is on a recording, the better a band can become in a live setting as they give it more of their all to recreate that. Many of the lyrics are about self-doubt, fear, and change; Cabrel displays a sense of emotion that is not far off from many young adults and especially, many bands here in America (especially after months away from home).
I keep repeating the word "potential," but it's important to know this is a band you are likely to see as an "up-and-comer" here in the States very soon, with an accessible sound that needs to be worked on with somebody experienced to enhance what could be the Latin punk rock movement.
The album's booklet contains just that - a book. Inside the first page, several emotions are listed off finishing with the album's title A Better Tomorrow. If it's true that this band does contain serious potential, then perhaps they can see that there will be a better tomorrow down the road, with plenty more success to follow.