In 1993, at the height of the crisis of the sector, Dark Moor start their
first musical steps thanks to the union of the ideas of Enrik GarcÃa
and Javier Rubio, both guitarrists of the first unstable
band line-ups. The firsts years of work gave rise to the composition of a
few songs and the recording, in 1996, of their first demo tape "Tales of
the Dark Moor", a work that in that moment allowed us to see a good part
of the essence of the band from Madrid.
In that demo, already appeared some of the songs which would take part
three years later of their debut album, and also coincided with the
joining of some of the most important members in its history, like the
bassist Anan Kaddouri or the drummer Jorge SÃ¡ez. At the begining, "Tales
of the Dark Moor" was recorded with Enrik GarcÃa at the vocals, but some
time after would join the band IvÃ¡n Urbistondo, who was in charge of
recording new versions of the songs.
From this moment, Dark Moor starts to deal with some record labels
and to create themselves a good name in the heavy scene from
When they thought they were about to get the desired recording contract,
IvÃ¡n Urbistondo leaves the band, and forces it to restructure itself.
The work in the jamming sessions gave place to an improvement in the
quality, but in those hard times the band had to face the departure of the
guitar player Javier Rubio. After the joining of Albert Maroto in his
place they start the quest for a new singer, and it is when Elisa C.
MartÃn joins the band, coming from the band from Madrid "SabatÃ¡n".
With Elisa in the band, Dark Moor decides to try again and they
record their second demo, "Dreams of Madness", in which it is
considered a great improvement in instrumental quality. This
evolution of the band allows a good moment for the joining of a
sixth member, a keyboard player who enriches the compositive
work.So, Guillermo joins Dark Moor, who will also record their
third demo, "Flying". These last two demos are the central axis of
what will be "Shadowland", their first album.
But before Arise Records decides to make an offer, Dark Moor would live
sweet and sour moments. Guillermo leaves the band and Roberto PeÃ±a takes
his place. Moreover,Dark Moor made even bigger their shape in the
Madrilenian stages after a few important gigs, like the ones they gave
beside other bands like Ronnie James Dio and BarÃ³n Rojo.
In August 1999, Dark Moor record in Madrid, beside Arise Records,
their first album "Shadowland". In this cd, the work of the band
in its lasts years is gathered, a series of songs well known by
their fans and it is very well welcomed in the wholed Spain. Also,
Shadowland would be edited in central Europe and Brazil, achieving
attention in most important classic heavy metal enclaves like
Japan and Germany. The following tour around Spain, with some gigs
accompanying Demons & Wizards, achieves to consolidate the band in
the national market and to sew expectation before their next
album, "The Hall of the Olden Dreams".
This second album of the band was registered in the italian
studios New Sin, under production of Luigi Stefanini, in August
2000. This album would mean the definitive take off of Dark Moor,
being edited in Japan, Brazil, Korea, South America, Russia,
Thailand, Romania and Taiwan, and was distributed all over the
world, being the first Spanish band achieving a product that
creates so much expectation in the international market.
In the following tour the band includes some festivals getting
great success from public and the critics, like ViÃ±a Rock and Mijas
Rock, and also participates in the tribute album to Helloween, "The
Walls of Jerico", with the song "halloween", a cover which made the
band get the respect and gratitude from many other bands.
In those days, Dark Moor also receives the award from Heavy Rock
Magazine, as revelation band of the year, and after edits a limited E.P.
called "The Fall of MelnibonÃ©" for Spain, a CD that gathers some Bonus
Tracks and versions like the one already mentioned from the German band
The date chosen for the recording of the third album of the band,
The Gates of Oblivion, was November 2001. Again, under command of
Luigi Stefanini, Dark Moor record a new successful album with the
colaboration of the Valcavasian Choir, and the singer Dan Keying
(Cydonia). The new creation means a step more in the growth of the
band, editing itself in new countries like EE.UU. and Canada, and
achieving a contract with the multinational J.V.C for the
distribution of the album in the Asiatic market.
The following tour allowed the band to carve an important niche in
festivals like Rock Machina, ViÃ±a Rock, Nit de Reis or Metal
Christmas, where they never let the audience feeling indifferent
and started to attract interest for international stages.
After the first half of the tour, Robert PeÃ±a, keyboard player leaves the
band, taking his place, as guest member, Isabel GarcÃa. Soon after, in
august 2000, dark moor get in the studio again to record 4 acoustic songs
that would be included in the work that will be, afterwards, the farewell
album of the old line-up. "Between Light and Darkness". This cd, recorded
in the Cube studios in Madrid, gathers a few bonus tracks too from
previous albums, songs that only were included in the asiatic editions of
the cds, and a new orchestral version of one of their most emblematic
songs, "Dies Irae".
Shortly before releasing this album the band announces their split. Due
to musical differences, Elisa C. MartÃn, Albert Maroto and Jorge Saez
leave the band, leaving Enrik and Anan to think about a new route for
Dark Moor with new members and new ideas.And for that, and after a long
hard selectio, Alfred Romero joins the band, the new voice of Dark Moor.
After him, arrives Jose Garrido (guitars) and Andy C. (drums).
This new line-up travel again to Italy to record Dark Moor, the
fourth long-length album of the band, of the same name,
concentrates their whishes to start a new phase in which the
evolution of the sound is as important as the protection of the old
essence of the band.
With this new line-up, they travel to Italy again to record "Dark Moor",
fourth long-lenght record of the band. With a rawer and better sound, and a
quality-touch more international thanks to the aportation of the new
members, specially the new voice of Dark Moor, the band confirms its
positive evolution and its good health despite the changes in the original
line-up, to which we must add the leaving of JosÃ© Garrido. With this good
feeling they jump into an international tour, conquering alongside After
Forever Spain, Belgium and France. The good critiques and the repercussion
achieved make feel that the seed sown by the new Dark Moor is growing up
The moment to confirm this comes along with the recordings during Summer
2004 of the fifth record of the band, "Beyond The Sea", that will be
released by early 2005. For this new work, under command of Luigi Stefanini,
the band counts with new bass-player Daniel FernÃ¡ndez. To listen to his new
aportation and the meteoric evolution of the new line-up you won't have to
wait until the new record is released, because by the late 2004 the band
gets involved in a new and expected Spanish Tour. We'll see you 'round the